Bice re-elected to second term on Board of Education Place 1

COLUMBIANA – Jimmy Bice was re-elected to the Shelby County Board of Education Place 1 in the Republican Primary Election on Tuesday, June 5, by collecting 53.5 percent of the vote.


With no Democrat opposition in the General Election, Bice will return to the Board for a second term.

“I’m going to try to do my best to keep Shelby County Schools on top,” Bice said.

Challengers Bragan Feldman and Courtney Kalnoske received 4,750 (21.8 percent) and 5,378 (24.7 percent) votes, respectively.

The election results will not be final until the 58 provisional ballots are counted.

Additional steps to ensure school safety and developing creative and innovative curriculum are challenges the Board of Education must continue to address, Bice said and pointed out that schools must prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist because of technological advances.

“We’re in a changing world, and we’ve got to keep changing with the times,” he said.

Feldman could not be reached for comment, but Kalnoske said she is disappointed to miss out on an opportunity to represent the school system’s students, parents, teachers and administrators.

“That’s the toughest pill to swallow,” Kalnoske said and added that she thought she would have been more attuned to the system and its needs.

Kalnoske, who will continue as a substitute teacher and treasurer of the Mt Laurel Elementary School PTO in the fall, thanked those who supported her campaign.

“It meant a great deal, and I was happy for the opportunity to represent them and our kids,” she said.