One new face, incumbent win

STERLING – The Sterling School Board’s newest member just wants to do what is best for the students.

Pamela J. Clodfelter, 45, a mother of a high-school sophomore and a seventh-grader in the district and the agriculture literacy coordinator for Whiteside County, was one of two people elected to the board Tuesday.

Incumbent James W. Brotheridge, 71, a retired educator and the current president, was re-elected to the board.

Clodfelter garnered 1,414 votes from people in the district, which straddles Whiteside and Lee counties.

Brotheridge received 1,589 votes.

Brotheridge said finances will be a top priority for the next few years.

Before the election, he said the current board has put the school district on good financial footing.

The board set a goal to balance the Education Fund within 3 years; the district is in its second year of a 3-year budget-reduction plan.

It has not been easy, but the district is on track to meet the goal, Brotheridge said.

Tuesday night, he reiterated the tough decisions ahead.

“We try to do our best to get rid of the fewest people we have to and to keep the programs we have,” Brotheridge said.

Clodfelter agrees balancing the budget is a concern, but maintaining quality educational opportunities is more important.

It would not be appropriate for her to set an agenda, though, she said.

“I’ll do the best that I can for the district,” Clodfelter said.

Three people were vying for two seats on the board. Clodfelter and Brotheridge defeated newcomer Cuauhtemoc Reyes.

The two will serve 4-year terms. Brotheridge, who has served on the board for 15 years, said this might be his last.

Incumbents Terry McGuire and Marc A. Geil, who represent Sterling Township, also were re-elected. They essentially were unopposed, as two may be elected from the township.

They also will serve 4-year terms.