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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:32 pm

The Meramec Valley R-III School Board will see no changes following the April 8 election.

All three incumbents were re-elected to serve another three years.

Combining votes in Franklin and St. Louis counties, Tim Richardson received 1,207 votes, carrying 29.64 percent; Paul Marquardt received 1,157 votes, or 28.41 percent; and Chris Arnette received 1,198, or 29.42 percent.

Challenger Roger Wiersma received 510 votes, or 12.52 percent.

Between them, Arnette, Marquardt and Richardson have served the district for 15 terms.

Arnette, the longest serving member of the board, is beginning his seventh term. Richardson is entering his sixth term and Marquardt is beginning his third term.

Arnette commented prior to the election that he believes the current board and district administration work well together, which, he believes serve the parents and students of the district well.

“A good district needs leaders who share a common goal and can work together,” he said.

Both Richardson and Marquardt said they believe that being re-elected to the school board is an opportunity to provide an important service to the community to help assure a quality education for district students.

Wiersma, the unsuccessful candidate, said he has confidence in the way the district is run.

“What I would like to do is to insure that I respect the community and encourage community trust in the school system,” Wiersma said.