Voters in Berea took to the polls to vote on new members of the Berea Independent Board of Education on Tuesday.

Three positions were open to take and four candidates were hoping to fill those spots. Of those was current sitting board member Jacqueline Burnside, Jeff From, Tom McCay and Della Justice.

Burnside held onto her position with 33.19 percent of the vote, with Della Justice taking the second seat with 24.47 percent and Tom McCay stealing the last spot with only the difference of seven votes between him and From.

“I am thankful for your votes and feel honored by your strong support,” Burnside said. “Please know that I have been blessed by your trust in my service over the years.”

Burnside said she has enjoyed getting to know the folks in her community as part of her board membership. Looking forward, Burnside said she’s excited to get to know the other newly elected board members as they build their new board team together.

For Justice, she said she is humbled by the experience, and feels fortunate to win.

“I want to thank everyone who voted. I look forward to serving on the Berea School Board,” Justice said.

McCay, who ran on a platform for safety of students, as well as better communication with the schools and city, said he is ready for January to arrive so he can get to work making Berea Community Schools a better place.

“We will be down to talk to them right away to let them know our plans,” McCay said. “My biggest concern is the safety of the children and making sure our building is safe and secure and that we’re doing everything we can.”

School board positions will be filled at the beginning of the year.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynskovran.

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