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Burlington School Board Incumbent Wins Lone Race


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Residents of Burlington's New North End voted Tuesday to return incumbent Mark Barlow to the city school board.

Barlow won 64 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Helen Hossley by a margin of 1,314-732 for a seat representing the North District, which covers Wards 4 and 7.

Neither Hossley nor Barlow could immediately be reached for comment.

Voters also overwhelmingly approved public school spending. The $85.5 million budget for next school year passed 3,905 to 2,717. The increase means property taxes will rise an estimated 5.25 percent. Additionally, a $19 million school bond for repairs passed by an even larger margin: 5,047 to 1,552.

Three Burlington School Board candidates ran unopposed and won election: Jeff Wick in the South District, Ryan McLaren in the Central District and Kathy Olwell in the East District.