Rhonda Lennon will stay put on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board of Education District 1 seat as she defeated challenger Christine Mast on Nov. 5, receiving 64.5 percent of the votes.
Lennon received 9,475 votes while Mast received 5,105 or 34.78 percent.
Lennon said her success came from living in the area for so long, as well as having a great network of friends, constituents and volunteers.
This will be Lennon’s second term to serve on the CMS school board.
Lennon said she was proud that she kept the campaign about her, her work on the school board and the work she hoped to continue if elected again.
“Winning by such a large margin and having run a completely positive, pro-active, pro-Rhonda campaign is extremely gratifying,” she said.
Voters also approved a $290 million bond referendum for CMS, which includes three projects in District 1. The referendum received 83,691 votes, or 74 percent.
The bond was more of a mandate, Lennon said.
One of the three projects in District 1 is a $30.67 million replacement school for J.M. Alexander, which alone is more than 10 percent of the bond referendum, Lennon noted.
“The bonds are hugely important here, and I think this community knows that; and they also know and appreciate the fact that the last bond we had, we got 30 percent of it in our district. You can’t get 30 percent every time when there’s six districts.”
The other two projects in District 1 are a $9.5 million K-8 conversion of Davidson Elementary School and $8.64 million for expansion of career and technical education programs in four high schools, including North Mecklenburg. The bonds will help CMS complete 17 projects throughout the district.
“We are very gratified and honored by the voters’ strong support of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools,” Superintendent Heath Morrison said in a news release. “We will use this money over the next four years to strengthen our academic programs and improve school environments for learning. We will also be better able to accommodate the steady enrollment growth we’re experiencing each year.”
A $210 million bond referendum for Central Piedmont Community College was approved Nov. 5 with 71.6 percent, or 80,359 people voting in favor of it. That bond package will help CPCC undertake 10 renovation and new construction projects at five of its six campuses over the next five years.