Coleman over Allen in school board race

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A former educator will now have a seat on the Bullitt County Public School Board.

Darrell Coleman has defeated incumbent Sammy Allen for the District Five seat.

In his campaign, Coleman said that he felt the teachers' perspective was needed on the school board.

He retired after 18 years at Riverview High School. He felt there was a real displeasure from teachers and staff about the direction the district was taking under superintendent Keith Davis and the school board.

"I think the people wanted change," said Coleman.

Coleman collected 2,442 votes to 1,780 for Allen.

For so many people to make a point to fill in the non-partisan box in a school board race proves that many were angry, said Coleman.

He said that people are disgruntled with the system and that is why they came out to vote so heavily.

"The big margin says volumes," said Coleman.

He wants to give a voice to the people and he also expects to work well with the other board members. But he also wants to make sure the people understand that he will listen to the public and will voice their concerns.

Allen said he wished Coleman well in his new position.

"I'm proud of what the district has accomplished over the last eight years," said Allen, who was seeking his third term. "I hope Mr. Coleman gets in there and finds out that good things are happening. I hope the progress will continue."

Two other school board seats were also up for grabs. However, both were unopposed races.

Board chairman Lorraine McLaughlin was unopposed in her first re-election bid for the First District. She received 3,214 votes.

And retired educator Roger Hayes was unopposed in the Second District race. He will replace Gary Wooldridge, who did not run for re-election. Hayes collected 3,814 votes.