BULLHEAD CITY — How’s this for a math lesson: three plus three equals $50,000.

The Bullhead City Elementary School District won’t have to spend that much for a governing board election, after only three candidates filed for the three available seats.

Since the number of candidates matches the number of seats, no election will be necessary, Supt. Benje Hookstra said at Thursday evening’s board meeting.

Joining the board in January will be former member Kory Burgess, along with Diane Beardsley and Geni Borland, who both have taught and had children in local public schools.

Board members decided to leave vacant for now the seat most recently held by Cynthia Cochran, who resigned in June to become a district employee.

Board President Dennis Crane said he didn’t think it appropriate to potentially nominate someone who hadn’t shown the desire to be on the board as demonstrated by Beardsley, Borland and Burgess.

Also at the meeting, Hookstra said that the BHCESD is seeking several grants from the Arizona School Facilities Board, including one that would pay for new carpet in at least 67 classrooms and media centers.

First-day enrollment was at 2,764, , he said,up 19 students from 2017-2018, and compared with 2,705 in 2016-2017.

Last Saturday’s monsoon storm, Hookstra said, caused minor damage to the campuses at Bullhead City Middle School and Sunrise and Desert Valley elementaries.

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