Amy Dixon, Lisa Rue, Evelyn Spann, Peter Katz win Cranbury Board of Education seats (Updated)

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By Philip Sean Curran, Staff Writer
Amy Dixon, Lisa Rue and Evelyn Spann won seats on the Cranbury Board of Education Tuesday, while Peter Katz won an uncontested race to fill a one-year-term.
In the four-way race for three seats, Dixon finished with 640 votes, Spann 620, Rue 579 and Francis McGovern in fourth place at 536.
“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve on the board,” said Rue, who will be holding public office for the first time. “It’s my hometown school, so I’m definitely looking forward to it. So I hope to be an effective, contributing member.”
While Rue will begin her first term in January, Spann will begin her fourth. In a phone interview Wednesday, she said the experience is an asset.
“I think it takes a term or two before you sort of figure it out,” she said. “And you figure out like, really, what boardsmanship is about and how you can be more effective.”
Looking to the next three years, she is buoyant about Cranbury’s future. The school recently was named a Blue Ribbon School by the federal government; teacher retention is good; and officials are in the midst of a strategic plan.
“We’re really poised in a good position,” she said.
The district is beginning a long-range facilities plan that will require officials to “strategically align our finances so that we are putting money in the right places,” in her words.
In the race for a one-year- unexpired term, Katz finished with 749 votes.