Youth was served at Iroquois where 18-year-old Gunnar Haberl was elected to a five-year post on the board of education.
A 2015 graduate of Iroquois, where he served as president of the student council, Haberl jumped out of his seat, shouting “yes” and pumping both fists when the results were announced.
Haberl secured 799 votes, outdistancing Anna Kwaizer (282 votes) and Heidi Salva (203 votes). Incumbent board member David Lowrey was unopposed for his seat.
The University at Buffalo freshman admitted to nervous moments and “that feeling in your stomach” as he anxiously awaited the final tally.
“You get emotional,” Haberl added, “knowing that many people took time out of their day to vote for me; that they put their trust in me to provide in their children’s education.”
Raw emotion as 19-year-old Gunnar Haberl is congratulated on his election to the Iroquois school board. pic.twitter.com/ikEHXD7t6a
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Haberl got emotional again when he talked about making decisions that will guide the education of his friends, their siblings and his own brother and sister.
Superintendent Douglas Scofield said Haberl’s election is an “exciting” moment for the district.
“We take pride in the diverse board at Iroquois,” Scofield said. “We like to approach every issue from multiple angles, and this result enhances our capabilities.”
Voters approved the district budget and two propositions by healthy margins; the budget was favored by a count of 1,051 to 342 against. The margin approving a proposition to purchase school buses was early identical, 1,055 to 331 and a proposition to enhance technology in the district was favored even higher, 1,131 to 243.
-John Hopkins, Suburban Correspondent