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As covered by Ark Valley Voice in our initial election coverage, the three seats on the Buena Vista (BV) Board of Education up for election in the Nov. 2 Coordinated Elections were won by Lynn Montoya (District B), Nancy Best (District D), and Jessica Crites (At-Large).

District B

Exterior of the Buena Vista Middle and High School. Photo by Tara Flanagan.

Lynn Montoya
2,224 Votes – 100%

Lynn Montoya, the new director for District B, says she hopes to continue the “great work” the district is already doing.  

“I am honored to be a part of the BV school board,” says Montoya, who ran unopposed. “I look forward to working with all of my fellow members and appreciate the work of those whose terms are ending.”

District D

Nancy Best
1,667 Votes – 57.98%

Erik Phillips
1,208 Votes – 42.02%

“I want to continue seeing and helping the district move in the direction in which it is going now,” says Nancy Best, the new director for District D. “Thank you to everybody who ran for stepping up, being willing to do that. I look forward to the board continuing its civil discussions and transparency.”

Best first served on the school board from 2015 to 2019. 


Jessica Crites
1,716 Votes – 77.15%

Terri Gerstmeyer
522 Votes – 22.85%

Incumbent Jessica Crites said that she wants to continue serving the students and acting as a link between the community and the school district.

“I’m always happy to see people running for the school board positions,” she says of her fellow candidates. “And hopefully in two years when we have seats available that you know, some of them will come back and run again … I think it shows it shows a good light on our district that people are wanting to be involved.” 

“Right now we’re in the middle of working on our master facility plan,” says Crites, “and [we’re] growing, specifically at the elementary and preschool level.”

She said she also feels meeting growth and academic needs as they arise will be a priority for the board, as well as supporting the district in keeping students in school through the rest of the pandemic. “What comes to my mind right now is growth and what that looks like in our community. A lot of people have a lot of different things to say about that so I think that’s going to be probably a top priority.”

The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, November 8, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. at the District Administration Building.