Best School Board Member

Jolene Byrne

Since she isn’t running for reelection, this will be the last year outgoing School Board President is eligible for this award, which she’s won every year since being elected in 2014.

That’s quite a testament, given the massive array of local forces who have fought her every step of the way, from current and former superintendents to fellow board members to the local daily paper, which seemed to have committed to total jihad against her from when before she was even elected. Maybe there’s a lesson in her continued popularity despite all that?

Runner-up: Julie Wade