Kate Toews and Nicki Vander Meulen will serve on Madison Metropolitan School District board after being elected in the municipal election Tuesday.
Madison School Board, Seat 6
Kate Toews defeated Ali Muldrow by a 11.5 percent margin in the race to fill Seat 6, winning 55.6 percent of the votes. In the February primary, Toews secured 30.2 percent of votes while Muldrow led the race, polling at 40.2 percent.
Toews, who has a background in business and is a mother of students in MMSD, has emphasized the need to attract and keep high-quality teachers throughout her campaign. Maintaining a group of high-quality, diverse teachers, Toews said, would help narrow the achievement gap between white students and students of color.
Muldrow, a former student at MMSD, has said she planned to bring her ideas of equal opportunity to the school board. Throughout her campaign, Muldrow had stressed that race should not be a factor in a child’s success and emphasized creating more diversity in school leadership.
Madison School Board, Seat 7
Juvenile attorney Nicki Vander Meulen, who ran unopposed after incumbent Ed Hughes dropped out of the race last month due to family health issues, won the Madison School Board’s Seat 7 post. Vander Meulen had trailed closely behind Hughes in the February primary.
The new board member has said she plans to implement a new behavior plan to narrow the achievement gap. The plan, she said, would aim to keep students in the classroom by reducing the number of suspensions and expulsions, and would be based on community standards.
“I am thankful for everyone who voted for me,” Vander Meulen told The Daily Cardinal. “I am excited to be a voice for the voiceless and to represent all students in MMSD.”