Larry Scott and Marty Duffy won four-year terms to the Knoxville School Board in Tuesday’s election, beating three other candidates in a hotly contested race.

They’ll join Vickie Reed and Andrew Schmidt, who faced no competition in their bids for two special two-year terms.

Cheri Gerdes, Dawn Rankin and Darbie Utterback came up short in the crowded field for two four-year seats.

Larry Scott had just returned home from working concessions at the Knoxville vs. Albia volleyball game when he got the news.

"This tells us we have to keep moving in a positive direction so students can learn and grow," Scott said. "We need to do the best job possible so they can do their best."

Voters also passed  by a 1,018-188 margin Proposition A, a plan to build eight new tennis courts and a basketball court on the site of the town’s current skate park. According to KCSD and city officials, work will begin on the courts next spring and be complete by June 1.

Moving the tennis courts from their current site opens the door to the city’s master plan for Young’s Park, said City Manager Aaron Adams. A collaborative effort between the city and KCSD would move the skate park to the south part of Young’s Park. Because the skate park and other improvements would be made to an existing park, state law allows the City Council to vote on a bond issue to pay for that work. Adams said that vote could happen in the next couple of months and suggested the council’s Nov. 20 meeting as a possible date.

Unofficial results (until verified by County Commission vote Friday)

Four-year seats (top two win)

Larry Scott - 681

Marty Duffy - 540

Cheri Gerdes - 448

Dawn Rankin - 382

Darbie Utterback - 295

Two-year seats (top two win)
Vickie Reed - 855
Andrew Schmidt - 790

Prop A
1,018 Yes
188 No

Pat Finan is the managing editor of the Journal-Express. He can be reached in the newsroom at 641-842-2155 or via email at

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