Incumbent Julie Backer, and newcomers Chad Kavanaugh and Jennifer Pangborn, were elected to the Kirkwood School Board on Tuesday.
Eight candidates ran for the three open seats. Backer received the most support with 8,026 votes (24 percent), followed by Kavanaugh with 5,953 votes (18 percent) and Pangborn with 5,703 votes (17 percent).
Backer, Kavanaugh and Pangborn will be sworn in at a reorganization meeting of the Kirkwood School Board on Monday, April 17. Board members serve a three-year term.
Backer has three children currently attending Kirkwood schools and another who already graduated. She was the only incumbent running for re-election. She has been a long-time advocate for children with special needs and is currently the Special School District liaison to the board. She also serves on the district's revenue committee and the task force charged with closing the achievement gap.
Kavanaugh has been a Kirkwood resident for 23 years. He and his wife have two children in the district and one who already graduated. He believes his experience in management and leadership with Enterprise Holdings and World Wide Technology will make him a valuable board member. He has also served and volunteered for several district and community events and fundraisers over the years.
Pangborn has been a Kirkwood resident for four years, and she and her husband have three young children. She is co-vice president of the PTO at Robinson Elementary where two of her sons attend school. Pangborn, who works as an engineer and community planner, believes her professional experience helping communities plan long-term needs within their fiscal constraints can make her an asset to the board.