Board of Education Chairman Elizabeth Hagerty-Ross, a Republican with six years on the board, was reelected Tuesday night with 5,581 votes, the most received by the four candidates vying for three open spots.

"I'm very happy about the numbers," she said. "I thought the Republicans really came out and supported the town which is nice."

Her top concerns for Darien include the current state of the economy and unfunded mandates that were being passed down from the state.

Republican incumbent Sarah Schneider-Zuro received 4,861 votes, earning her another term on the board.

"We're looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work," she said during her acceptance speech with Hagerty-Ross. "We're both very grateful for all of you and we believe the cause of education is worthy of our time."

Schneider-Zuro focused on learner-centered instruction during her campaign, stating she believes it's the Board of Education's responsibility to create the conditions that help foster learner centered instruction.

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Katie Stein, Democratic candidate and former nonprofit lawyer, received 3,960 votes beating out fellow Democratic newcomer Patty McCormick, who received 2,405 votes.

Stein stated during the campaign that it will be an interesting challenge to help Darien, already a high-performing district, to excel even further. She also believes enrollment was another big issue for Darien schools and could use some adjusting.

"I think it's challenging to take a school district that's already really high-performing and keep excelling and pushing it forward," Stein said last month. "I think that's a really good challenge and interesting challenge."

This was the first time in more than 20 years that the Board of Education had a contested race. With only three seats open and four candidates running, the race and results were highly anticipated. There was a Board of Education debate held by the League of Women Voters and Council of Darien School Parents where the audience submitted questions and the candidates discussed setting district policies, state mandates regarding teacher evaluation, budgeting and whether or not the candidates favored expansion of the foreign language program among other things.

Hagerty-Ross, Schneider-Zuro and Stein will begin their three-year terms on the Board of Education at its next meeting on Nov. 13.; 203-472-4417;