James Barrett became the only new member elected to the board of education Tuesday night, but he said he is not completely satisfied with the seat he won.
Barrett was elected to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education’s only two-year unexpired seat, according to unofficial results announced Tuesday night.
Incumbents Mia Day Burroughs, Jamezetta Bedford, Annetta Streater and Mike Kelley were elected to the remaining four seats for four-year terms, placing in that order.
“It’s not really where I wanted to be because it’s a two-year term, and I’ll have to run again in two years,” Barrett said. “And it’s a lot of work.”
Kelley came in ahead of Barrett by only 28 votes, taking the final four-year seat on the board.
Bedford originally intended on running for the two-year seat, but was unable to do so because of a law that came to light mid-election and requires candidates to run together in the same pool.
However, she said she’s happy to have the four-year seat.
“It’s exciting, especially with our new superintendent,” Bedford said.
The board of education could face more budget cuts and school overpopulation in coming years.