in favor of former president Linda Carter.
Satchwell attributes his narrow (twenty-four-vote) defeat in part to Carter's campaigning much harder than he did. "I'm a political animal but not much of a politician," he admits. One veteran teacher speculates that teachers may have missed Carter's more personal touch. "My skills set tends to be getting out face to face," says Carter. In her previous terms, "I was out every day at buildings."
Satchwell admits he's disappointed but says he won't miss the job's frustrations. "Getting funded by the state is still like dancing with a large unpredictable drunk," he emails. There's "no telling which way they will lurch on a moment's notice."
[Originally published in May, 2012.]