Even though his name was not on the ballot, Washington school Supt. Vincent Reed was a potent factor in Tuesday's D.C. school board election.
All four incumbents who sought re-election were swept back into office. Of the three new comers who won two are strong supporters of the superintendent.
"I think there will be a continuation of the calm, constructive Board of education that we've had for the past two years," said board vice president Carol Schwartz, who won with 77 per cent of the vote in ward three west of Rock Creek Park.
"I think there will continue to be a good working relationship between the board and the superintendent," she added."I think people wanted to keep things going in the same direction they are now."
Besides Schwartz the inner winning incumbents were at large member Barbara Left Simmons. Minnie S. Woodson in ward seven for east area, who collected 57 percent of the vote in a three way [WORD ILLEGIBLE] and Victoria Street in ward tour (north central area), who beat back a strong challenge from retired assistant supt. Gilbert A. Diggs.
The three newcomer on the 11-member board are Frank Shaffer, Corona (at-large) the first Hisparic elected to a citywide office in Washington, Alaire Rieffel ward two down-town and southwest a lawyer and president of the Ross Elementary PTA and R.Galvin Deckridge ward eight Anacostia, an education consultant and member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee.
Simmons amassed 21,621 votes at most twice as many as Shaffer Corona, who won the second at large seat which is being vacated by board president Therman Evans.
A former teacher who now heads an educational consulting firm. Simmons was a strong supporter of former [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Barbara Sitzemore. However after Sitzemore was fired two years ago following a protracted controversy, Simmons generally has gone along with Reed's policies although she has criticized him in private.
Yesterday Simmons could not be reached for comment but Reed remarked.
I think all the incumbents were successful in large measure because people feel better about the relationship between the board and the superintendent and the way the school system is moving. [WORD ILLEGIBLE] were fighting everyday, people wouldn't feel so good about the incumbent on the heard.
Of the three newcomers only Lockridge has been critical of Reed and the school board's generally quiet couple ever the past two years.
"I have some concern," he said, yesterday, "that we have major education problems in this city and yet the issues have been very low key. The school board has kind of copped out on its responsibilities and this non-leadershi has allowed to develop a very strong superintendent who not only runs the school system day to-day but also makes educational policies.
But Lockridge said the main factor in his victory - by 101 votes over Wilbert Williams - was his strong organizations not any campaign issues. He said he was helped by his political experience in Chicago, where he twice ran unsuccessfully for alderman before moving to Washington in 1973.
Yesterda, he said he hoped to use his seat on the school board not just to deal with educational matters but also as "a forum to deal with minority issues in this country." He said he plans to leave his current job with a research project in Atlanta around Dec. 1, and find a new job in the Washington area.
Shaffer-Corona, who ran for the school board while he was collecting unemployment compensation, said he will continue trying to get work as a free-lance writer and consultant. "I dare say I might even be more salable now," he remarked.
According to unofficial results, Tuesday's election drew 31.621 voters, about 14 per cent of those registered. More than 80 per cent of the voters approved two referendum questions that allow the public to recall elected officials and permit citizens to initiate laws or repeal them.