District 4 school board

Dale Zuck, Amanda Lingle

Amanda Lingle will be the new District 4 representative on the Victoria school board.

Lingle received 992 votes, while her opponent Dale Zuck received 926, based on unofficial votes release late Saturday.

She will replace Ross Mansker, who did not seek reelection.

Lingle is a substitute teacher for the Victoria school district and has lived in Victoria for about four years.

Zuck is an insurance agent and has lived in District 4 for 14 years.

Lingle said she is excited and thinks the early votes are a good indication of the final results.

“We are definitely excited about team Lingle,” she said.

Zuck, who was down in early polls, said he was expecting Lingle to pull ahead in early numbers, but he anticipates his numbers would increase as results rolled in.

“We do think it’s not an insurmountable number,“ Zuck said.

The two candidates also served on the bond planning task force, which proposed a $156.8 million bond for the May 1 ballot.

The two, though, vary on where they stoodd regarding the bond.

Zuck does not support the bond proposal. He has said he supports the need for a bond, but he does not think the $156.8 million bond proposal is right for the district and the community.

He thinks maintenance is lacking in the district and that should be addressed before a bond.

Lingle favored the bond proposal. She said new schools will bring economic opportunity to Victoria.

The proposal and the included district-wide repairs will be good for students and teachers, Lingle said.

Zuck and Lingle want to see teacher pay raises and higher wages in the near future. The two differ on how those wages could be addressed.

Lingle said the bond, if passed, could leave more money available on the operation side of the budget, which can go toward teacher raises.

Zuck would rather move money from the interest and sinking side of the budget to the maintenance side for teacher raises.

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Samantha Douty is the education reporter at the Victoria Advocate. She grew up in Corpus Christi and graduated from UT-Arlington with a bachelor's in journalism.

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Grace Butler

Thank GOD! Some of Zuck's comments during the race revealed him to be a rather nasty fellow.

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