Butler unseats Baker on BV School Board

By Liza Moore

John Butler


John Butler unseated former chair Brooke Baker in Tuesday’s election for the Buena Vista School Board, winning about 20% of the votes.


Two incumbents, Teresa Ellison and Wayne Flint, were re-elected to the board, with about 26% and 25%, respectively.


The board supervises all school employees. In 2016, Butler accused John Keeler, Buena Vista’s superintendent, with assault after Keeler yelled at him during a Buena Vista transportation department meeting. A judge later dismissed the case.


Butler said he wants to improve literacy programs in the community. In addition, he said he believes high school students should have options, such as taking college-level courses or technical training.


“Buena Vista does a great job supporting sports teams, but needs to work on their support for academics,” he said. “Education is the most important thing parents can help their children with.”


Ellison said she ran for re-election to “keep the communication lines open as we all work as advocates for Buena Vista’s future.”


Flint said the board’s top issues are “always money and security.”


For the Rockbridge County School Board, incumbents Wendy Lovell and Neil Whitmore were both re-elected. Kathy Burant ran as a write-in candidate for the board’s Natural Bridge District.


The results for the write-in candidate will be announced Wednesday afternoon, according to the Rockbridge County Electoral Board.