"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."
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.
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.
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."