May 8, 2001

Challenger Mark Huxsoll attributed his lopsided victory in the school board election in the Brandywine School District to lingering public discontent over the scandal involving finances which rocked the district two years ago.

"I think people in the district, including myself, wanted a change from what we have had," he told Delaforum. "They wanted someone without the baggage but with the experience to do something positive for our students."

Huxsoll polled 84% of the 3,340 votes cast in the May 8 election, easily swamping incumbent Robert Blew, 2,807-to-533. That turnout was moderate for a school board election.

Board member Thomas Lapinski, who won his seat a year ago by a wide margin, described Huxsoll as "a fine young fellow who will bring fresh ideas" to the board.

Lapinski said he has known Huxsoll's wife, Geri, and members of her family for about 30 years. Geri Huxsoll is a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, where Lapinski was a teacher and principal. Mark Huxoll's past involvement in district activities was as a member and president of the Mount Pleasant Band Boosters.

Huxsoll, 47, is director of the Kardon-Northeast Branch of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He described that organization as similar to the Y.M.C.A. but oriented toward music, dance and related arts rather than athletics. His education and background are in the field of music. A resident of Green Acres, he moved to Delaware from Philadelphia in 1989.

Mark Huxsoll

He told Delaforum he is pleased to be coming onto the school board at the same time the district is getting a new superintendent, Bruce Harter. "I'm looking forward to working with the board and Dr. Harter and others in the school district to strengthen its place in the community," Huxsoll said.

He said his immediate plans are to "rest up after the kind of work I and my supporters put in" during the election campaign. "After that, I plan to get right to work with the board," he added.

Huxsoll officially takes office when sworn in at the first school board business meeting after July 1. He said he intended to function in his first public office "as an educator, rather than a politician."

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Get more information about this topic:

Read Delaforum's pre-election interview with Mark Huxsoll
Go to the Department of Election's Brandywine vote page





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