Leolga Wright, the incumbent in this year’s Indian River School District board of education election, secured her District 3 seat on May 14 in a landslide victory.
Official results from the Sussex County Department of Elections reflect a total of 578 votes for Wright and 119 votes for her challenger, Paulette Rappa of Long Neck.
The seat carries a five-year term.
Wright was appointed to the district’s school board in July 2012, replacing Randall L. Hughes, who moved up to the state Board of Education.
Wright is a native Sussex Countian who graduated from Sussex Central High School. Her son also graduated from Central in 2008. She is retired after working for the Delaware Department of Agriculture for more than 33 years.
Q: Why did you accept the appointment to the school board in 2008, and why did you choose to file in this election?
A: I accepted the appointment because I’m a community person and I want to be there for the children. If there’s any sort of support I can give them, I want to do it. I filed in this election because I want to continue down the path we’ve gone with all-day kindergarten and various programs that are more than likely to come down the road.
Q: How does it feel to be elected by your district’s residents?
A: I’m proud of it, and I want to make sure I give my community the same support they gave me.
Q: What do you most look forward to working on as a member of the board?
A: Two things: the all-day kindergarten program we’re implementing and ensuring we have a safety plan in place for all of our schools should some sort of catastrophe occur.
Q: What makes Indian River School District great?
A: The leadership, from Superintendent Susan Bunting, on down through the administrative staff, the teachers, and last but not least, our students.