Peterborough elects Estey, Ingram to School Board

Write-in winners include Cahoon in Antrim, Tibbetts in Dublin

Three new faces will join one veteran when the ConVal School Board holds its next meeting on Tuesday.

School Board Chair Butch Estey of Peterborough was re-elected to a seat on the board, after getting 516 votes in a three-man race for two seats.

The top Peterborough vote getter was Jon Ingram, a former ConVal athletic director who is now the principal at Souhegan High School in Amherst. Ingram received 574 votes.

Thomas Crowell, the third candidate in the race, got 487 votes.

In Hancock, Pierce Rigrod, who ran unopposed, got 438 votes. He will replace the board’s current vice chair, George Kidd, who chose not to run for another term.

No one signed up to run for the open seats in Antrim and Dublin, so write-in voting determined the winners.

Richard Cahoon topped the list of write-ins in Antrim, with 134 votes.

Cahoon, who said he allowed his name to be put forward because a lot of changes are in store for the district, will be replacing Mary Allen.

“Mary wanted a break, and she earned one,” he said.

Cahoon was active in the campaign against a petition article that would have eventually led to the closure of Great Brook School in Antrim. The article failed by a wide margin, falling well short of the two-thirds margin of approval needed for passage.

“I was never too concerned that it would get two thirds,” Cahoon said. “It was gratifiying that it came in well under 50 percent. Everyone took it seriously.”

In Dublin, Fiona Tibbetts received 52 votes, while Rich Scheinblum had 35. The Ledger-Transcript was unable to contact Tibbetts on Wednesday.

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