Four candidates seek two school board seats

TRENTON – Veteran school board members look to continue service to Trenton Public Schools against two challengers seeking seats on the panel this fall.

The Nov. 8 general election ballot includes two four-year terms on the board of education. Incumbents Christine Howe and Michael Hawkins will face off against challengers Alex Drysdale and Kellee Howey.

The seven-member panel mostly has been consistent in recent years. Hawkins, currently serving as secretary, has served for eight years; Howe has spent more than 20 years on the board in various capacities. The board annually appoints officers to one-year terms, and the experienced panel’s members have held various positions.

The prospective panelists bring enthusiasm to their campaigns: Newcomer Drysdale would like to see youth involvement in school business; Howey had previously been appointed as interim trustee when Dennis Bearden resigned in 2014 due to relocation.

The board oversees a budget of about $25 million annually to serve its nearly 2,700 students.