Douglas County School Board election results: School reform candidates endorsed by GOP leading

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - The school board race in Douglas County is showing that most voters approve of the district's ongoing reforms.

The four candidates endorsed by the Douglas County GOP -- incumbents Meghann Silverthorn and Doug Benevento, along with Jim Geddes, Judith Reynolds -- are holding their lead.

The challengers -- Barbra Chase, Bill Hodges, Julie Keim and Ronda Scholting -- have the backing of the teachers' union and are trailing by 3 to 6 percent.

Each group has very different ideas about the future of the high-performing school district, one of the most affluent in the state.

The reform candidates have  tried to implement a voucher program for students to attend private schools. That effort has been stalled because of pending lawsuits.

The current school board also has changed its teacher pay system to a market-based system rather than a more traditional salary scale, according to the Denver Post. It also has shunned the teachers union.

The challengers on the ballot wanted to the dramatic changes to stop.

This school board race is being watched across the country.

The Douglas County Clerk and Recorder said the county has had a historic turnout for an off-year election.

See full results here: http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CO/Douglas/48390/122465/en/summary.html

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