Collins, Hudson keep IR school board seats

Date Published: 
May 16, 2014

Voters kept the same lineup for Indian River School District’s Board of Education this year, as the incumbents in District 5 will retain their seats. The district, which includes the Selbyville area, will be represented by incumbents Doug Hudson (183 votes) and W. Scott Collins (151 votes), who beat challenger Bobbi Barends (40 votes) in the May 13 election.

Both of the incumbents have served a three-year term, but the Delaware state legislature has extended the district’s terms to match most other state boards. This is the second IRSD election with five-year terms, which begin July 1.

There was no contest for Nina R. Bunting in District 3 (Millsboro area) and Donald Hattier in District 4 (Millville, Bethany Beach and Fenwick), who will both also keep their seats.

“I’d like to thank all of the constituents for … voting for me, taking the time to come out and do that,” Hudson said. “I’d like to congratulate the candidates. Everyone ran an aboveboard race. They’re first-class people.”

Hudson said he will “continue on to try to give our students in the Indian River School District the best possible education we can give them,” and “to do that economically … keep property taxes low.”

Collins was not available for comment before the Coastal Point deadline this week, but in March he said, “I think the makeup of the board is good. I want to keep in the direction that we’ve put ourselves on,” he said of IRSD’s many new programs.

He said he hoped to continue leading the Policy Committee on a full revamp of the policy manual. For instance, the school board recently approved a new discipline policy that consolidated six policies into one, which clarified rules, removed duplicates, defined terms and more.

“As a parent, it makes it easier to read,” he said.

Both board members are available to their constituents by email, at scott.collins@irsd.k12.de.us and douglas.hudson@irsd.k12.de.us, respectively.