One incumbent board member will return to the Knoxville Community School District Board of Directors, along with two new faces.

Larissa Van Donselaar was elected to the school board for a second term, receiving 802 votes.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to continue the work we’ve started and begun, even before my first term,” Van Donselaar said. “Moving forward, we’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s an exciting time in Knoxville and an exciting time for our kids. Thanks to everyone who came out and voted, that’s a big deal in itself. To be re-elected to serve in this position is an honor.”

Also joining the school board are new members Cheri Gerdes and Dave Smith. Gerdes received 860 votes, the most of any candidate, while Smith received 794.

Candidates Billy Burkhart and Ann Fields did not win their bids for election, receiving 770 and 655 votes, respectively.

There were 17 write-in votes.

Incumbent board members Andrew Schmidt and Vickie Reed did not run for re-election this year.

Results from election night are considered unofficial until audited and approved, although totals typically stay the same or nearly the same.

Emma Skahill can be reached at or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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