On the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 6, the teachers of Douglas County took a hard hit when they woke up to the news that the incumbents, which included Doug Benevento and Meghann Silverthorn, held their seats in the DCSD school board office and like-minded Jim Geddes and Judith Reynolds won the two other open seats. This crushed the hopes of many teachers, who held rallies to try to oust the current members and bring new voices to the board.
“I cried,” said history teacher Kendra Gish. Gish was not alone. Many teachers felt the same way, including art/graphic design teacher Ashley Barr, who said that she was disappointed with the outcome.
“The mood was somber in the staff meeting on Wednesday morning,” said English teacher Carrie Denman.
But the family that is Legend High School stepped up Wednesday morning. Many caring students stood outside the theatre to greet teachers with signs cheering them on and thanking them for all their hard work.
“This is a family thing,” said sophomore Josh Bergford. “They help us, so we help them.”
After the teachers realized that the students were there to support them after a rough night, many were brought to tears.
Gish said she cried even harder after seeing the students show their love for the teachers.
“I cried all day because when I saw the students, it broke my heart. Because they are going to be impacted the most,” Gish said.