By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Phil Berkenbile has been in public education in some fashion since 1972.
On Tuesday, Noble County voters extended his stay.
Berkenbile defeated incumbent Tony Wisely by a wide margin to win a seat on the Morrison Board of Education.
“I am humbled by the support of the people,” said Berkenbile, who won 268 of the 306 votes cast to win seat 3. “I hope I can live up to their expectations.”
Berkenbile began his career in public education as an agricultural education teacher in Morrison Public Schools in 1972. He later served many years as the school system’s superintendent. He served for more than 20 years in the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education before retiring as director Feb. 7.
Incumbent Steve Winterbottom got 129 votes to challenger Matthew Litterell’s 57 to keep seat 3 on the Yale Board of Education.
Janet Brand outlasted three challengers for seat 3 on the Perry Board of Education. Brand got 329 votes to outpace April Sewell (189), William Erick Walton (101) and Christina Morrill (9).
Brad Childs won a narrow victory over Rexford Tautfest to win seat 3 on the Frontier Board of Education. Childs got 95 votes to Tautfest’s 88.
John Favalora got 79 votes to defeat Mendie Campbell, who received 49 votes, to win seat 5 on the Oilton Board of Education.
Penny Gooch (172 votes) defeated Jimi Dotson (105 votes) to win seat 3 on the Drumright Board of Education.