Wagers, Oppenheimer win Boise schools trustee seats

Beth Oppenheimer
Beth Oppenheimer

David Wagers and Beth Oppenheimer were elected to the Boise school board on Tuesday, easily defeating the third candidate running, Monica Walker.

The new trustees will be sworn in at the Sept. 12 school board meeting.

Oppenheimer drew 3,562 votes and Wagers had 3,374. Walker, who had trailed throughout the night, had 2,274 votes.

David Wagers is one of three candidates vying for two 6-year terms on the Boise School District Board of Trustees.

While incumbent Wagers, president of the Idaho Candy Co., sought re-election, trustee Brian Cronin did not, creating a vacancy on the board.

Oppenheimer is the executive director for the Idaho Association for the Education of Young Children. Walker is a loan officer and interior designer.

Beth Oppenheimer is one of three candidates vying for two 6-year terms on the Boise School District Board of Trustees.

Turnout was a paltry 4.8 percent of registered voters in the district. Turnout in the 2012 trustee election was 6.3 percent.

Trustees in the Boise School District face a number of challenges, including deciding what to do about aging buildings. There is already some talk about replacing West Boise’s Amity Elementary School, which is riddled with leaks from the sod roof installed when the school was built in 1979.

District leaders are also weighing whether to put an elementary school in the Harris Ranch area of Southeast Boise to relieve overcrowding in neighboring schools.

Oppenheimer comes to the board as a strong advocate advocate for early childhood education. Getting to kids early is important to to their success in public schools, she said.

Wagers has said completing a 10-year plan for Boise’s school buildings and concentrating on student achievement are his top priorities.

Oppenheimer was the top fundraiser in the runup to the election, raising more than $8,000. Walker, who touted her family’s closeness to unions, brought in more that $3,600. Wagers did not accept any contributions to his campaign.