From left, are Kathy Bell and Margaret Pruett.

Margaret Pruett and Kathy Bell won the Victoria school board races for District 6 and 1, respectively, Saturday night.

Pruett, the incumbent, received 621 votes compared to 499 for challenger Emett Alvarez.

“I am super excited and just feel very blessed that the community came out and have given me the opportunity to continue to be their trustee,” Pruett said.

Pruett said she’s excited to continue the work the school board is doing and to build more partnerships within the community. She wants to help the board “to better communicate that we want to hear from our community and our parents.”

Bell defeated Theresa Klacman for the vacant District 1 seat after earning 436 votes compared to Klacman’s 344. The District 1 seat formerly was held by Kevin VanHook, who did not seek reelection.

“I feel blessed,” Bell said. “I feel honored. The community felt they needed to vote for a person with a teacher’s perspective.”

Bell taught at Victoria’s school district for 24 years — with an additional 15 in Corpus Christi — and will retire at the end of the school year.

Bell said she believes parental and community involvement with the school district is key for them to move forward.

“We need more parental involvement and support,” she said. “I think it would be a lot easier for us to move on things when they have a good understanding of ‘what’ and ‘why.’”

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