Reflecting on last week's balloting where he narrowly lost re-election, New Berlin School Board President Dave Maxey put the loss into perspective.
"It has been my great pleasure to serve this community for the last nine years. I have enjoyed my time on the school board," he said. Maxey has served on the board since 2008, the last six years as school board president.
"Needless to say, I’m very disappointed," Maxey acknowledged. But he said, "I am very proud of and thankful for the opportunity to work with and for the most dedicated, and hardest working teachers in Wisconsin." Without them, the district would not have achieved all that it has, Maxey said.
Only a few of the achievements he ticked off are expanding post-secondary options for students, both high schools being named to the Washington Post list of "America's Most Challenging High Schools," Eisenhower High School being named Best Wisconsin High School by U.S. News & World Report, the New Berlin schools significantly exceeding expectations on the statewide report cards, graduating seniors from both high schools having ACT composite scores among the best in the area, and career days connecting all secondary students with professionals.
"I'm proud of my many accomplishments and pray for the continued success of the district. I also want to thank those who supported me all these years. Please know I always did it for you, the great people of New Berlin. Thank you."
The only contested local race in area was for New Berlin School Board in the April 4 spring election.
Amy Crosby who is finishing her first three-year term on the board received the most votes. Second was Krislyn Holaday-Wondrachek who was making her second try for the board. Maxey was a close third and rounding out the slate of candidates was Dmitry Becker, 20, a graduate of the district, who finished fourth.
In other election results, the small portion of New Berlin that's in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District voted against the district's $2.5 million operational referendum, as did the majority of voters in the rest of the district. Nearly 62 percent of New Berlin voters in the West Allis district voted against the referendum, compared with 38 percent who supported it.
Unofficial vote totals:
Amy Crosby (inc.) 2,215 votes, or 32 percent of the vote
Krislyn Holaday-Wondrachek 2,027 or 29 percent
Dave Maxey (inc.) 1,909 or 27 percent
Dmitry Becker 780 or 11 percent