Forsythe, Cochrane, Shimkat top FD race

Stuart Cochrane, Brian Forsythe and Lisa Shimkat won seats on the Fort Dodge Community School District school board Tuesday.

Seven candidates ran for the three seats on the board, including incumbents Cochrane and Forsythe.

Shimkat received 1,048 votes, Cochrane received 861 votes and Forsythe received 790, according to unofficial results.

Cochrane, FDCSD board member for 17 years and current board president, said he was glad to be returning.

“I’m glad Brian (Forsythe) won, and I think Lisa (Shimkat) is going to be an excellent board member,” he said. “I’m glad to do it again. It’s a challenge, but I’m eager to get back to work and I’m glad we have a new board member joining us. I think it’s going to be fun.”

Cochrane said there is still work to be done in the school district.

“We still have a tremendous amount of challenges when it comes to our facilities and when it comes to things we want to do with our curriculum,” he said. “I think there’s big issues ahead but we’ve got a really well-functioning board and we have a great staff behind us. I’m eager to keep it going.”

Brian Forsythe, FDCSD board member for seven years and board vice president, said he was excited for another four-year term.

“I think the biggest thing is going to be some infrastructure improvements as far as buildings,” he said. “That will be the biggest thing that will come up in the next four years.”

Lisa Shimkat said she was excited to be serving on the school board for the first time.

“I look forward to helping them out and hopefully lending my expertise to keep moving the school board in the right direction,” she said.

Shimkat hopes to contribute to the board her background with finance.

“I really want to dig into the finance side, and see if there’s more things we can do to also bring together some public and private partnerships,” she said.

According to Carol Messerly, Webster County auditor, the election had a turnout of approximately10 percent. With 25,994 registered voters in Webster County, only 2,563 voted on Tuesday.

“That’s about par for a school election,” Messerly said. “It’s a low turnout, when you think of less than 10 percent of voters voting in the election.”

The evening otherwise went well for the County Auditor’s office, Messerly said.

“The school districts are a little unique because one of our precincts, Southeast Webster Grand school district, is in Boxholm, and we have a precinct over in Manson,” she said. “So it just takes longer to get the results back.”

The new and returning Fort Dodge school board members will be sworn into their positions at the next board meeting Monday at 6 p.m. at the Central Administration Office, 107 S. 17th St.