The Palestine Unit 3 Board of Education will remain unchanged after Tuesday night's election.
Susan Hawkins, who was unopposed based on township and range limitations, was the top vote-getter with 349 votes to retain her seat.
The decision between long-time incumbent Shari Eckert and newcomer Damien Tingley was less that 4 percent as Eckert received 340 votes to Tingley's 309. Because the two lived in the same township and range, and two other serving board members also live in that township and range, only one of the two could be elected.
Tingley will continue to serve on the Hutsonville-Palestine Committee of Ten, and Hawkins and Eckert will have some important decisions to make over the next few years as the question of consolidation comes forward, and the State of Illinois continues without a budget.
Tingley said he was happy with the percentage of votes he received, and while a little disappointed he did not win he knows Palestine will continue to be led by good people in Eckert and Hawkins. He also plans to continue to attend meeting and encourages others to attend.
"I am so very pleased to continue as a school board member of Palestine CUSD 3," said Eckert. "Palestine has to continue to move forward with short term and long term goals for the vision of Palestine school district."
"This is first and foremost, and separate from the issue of consolidation," Eckert continued. "The board will continue to review the information from the Committee of Ten. That information will allow us to make an informed decision as to whether placing a consolidation referendum on a ballot is in the best interest of the students, staff and community of Palestine."