Vote totals by district
Rhonda Thurman, incumbent — 2, 111
Patti Skates — 1,336
Jason Moses — 276
Kathy Lennon —1,791
Jonathan Welch, incumbent — 1,693
Tiffanie Robinson — 807
George Ricks, incumbent — 753
Montrell Besley — 522
Annette Thompson — 94
Joe Wingate — 2,489
Donna Horn, incumbent — 1,166
All vote totals are unofficial until certified by the Election Commission; some vote totals include write-in votes
Source: Hamilton County Election Commission
Three incumbents lost their seats on the Hamilton County Board of Education on Thursday, with only longtime member Rhonda Thurman keeping her place at the dais.
Six challengers in four races ran campaigns calling for a change in leadership and increased transparency from the school system. A seventh challenger dropped out.
Despite increased countywide attention being placed on the school board election, voting was relatively low in each of the four races, with 13,075 votes cast. Four years ago, 19,001 votes were cast in the school board races.
Voting was also down in all Hamilton County elections Thursday — just 29,100 ballots were cast countywide, down from 50,562 in 2012.
The landscape of what was looking to be a relatively uneventful election changed just days before Christmas after an Ooltewah High School freshman was raped, allegedly by three of his basketball teammates.
The district's lack of communication following the incident ignited community outrage, and school board members questioned how the incident was handled and confidence in former Superintendent Rick Smith waning. After weathering several tumultuous months, Smith resigned from his spot at the helm in March.
The newly elected board is tasked with making significant decisions, including the hiring of the district's next leader, handling litigation expected in response to the rape and ensuring that the district's low standardized test scores begin to improve.
In this year's election, challengers in each race raised significantly more money than the incumbents, and in most races, a majority of the money came from outside the candidate's district and from prominent Chattanoogans who said they wanted to see new faces on the school board.
School board members serve a four-year term and are paid about $11,000 with additional benefits.
All vote totals, which include federally mandated provisional ballots, are unofficial until certified by the Tennessee Department of Elections.
Contact staff writer Kendi A. Rainwater at 423-757-6592 or email@example.com. Follow on Twitter @kendi_and.
Schools by district
North Hamilton County Elementary
Sale Creek Middle High
Sequoyah Technology Center
Alpine Crest Elementary
Red Bank Elementary
Red Bank Middle
Red Bank High
Signal Mountain Middle High
Battle Academy for Teaching and Learning
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences - Elementary
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences - High
Clifton Hills Elementary
Donaldson, Calvin Elementary
East Lake Academy of Fine Arts
East Lake Elementary
East Side Elementary
Hamilton County Middle College High School at Chattanooga St
The Howard School Orchard Knob Elementary
Orchard Knob Middle
East Hamilton Middle High
Shepherd, Bess T. Elementary