Provisonal votes determine final seat on WL school board

WLFI File Photo
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — There’s officially a new member elected to the West Lafayette School Board.

That’s after more than 200 provisional votes from the Nov. 8 election were certified by the Tippecanoe County Board of Elections Friday.

Unofficial results showed the race for the remaining at-large seat on the West Lafayette Community School Corporation School Board came down to just four votes.

After the provisional votes were counted, it was still four votes that determined Melissa Prochnau’s victory.

As you may remember, five candidates were running for the four seats available.

Tom Schott, Brad Marley and Brian Bittner secured their seats by pulling in more than 3,000 votes each. Four votes determined Prochnau’s win over current board member Doug Masson.

Masson said he’s disappointed at the results but has confidence in the board.

“The board will be fine,” said Masson. “So, hopefully, they know me as a person who supports the West Lafayette Schools. And when they see a need for me, they’ll come to me and ask me to take up any burdens that may come along.”

However, he said he plans to stay active in the school system.

“It’s small-town government. This isn’t live or die,” he said. “This is just doing what you can to help the school out.”

The final tally shows Prochnau with 2,830 votes compared to Masson’s 2,826.

Prochnau, who has two children in the school system, declined an on-camera interview.

However, she told News 18 she’s excited to be a part of the board that makes decisions about the most important people in her life.

Prochnau will start her new role on the school board at its January meeting.