School board President Cheryl A. McFalls and C. Scott Stone will square off in the November general election for the one open seat on thefive-member panel.
McFalls, who is seeking a second six-year term, and first-time office-seeker Stone were the top two vote-getters inyesterday's primary. Early results showed McFalls with 4,773 votes and Stone with 2,702.
A third candidate, Neil F. MacGregor, who ran unsuccessfully for the board two years ago, got 1,622 votes, though he had dropped from the race. He remained on the ballot because he failed to withdraw before the deadline.
"I'm afraid of what it says," MacGregor said of his showing. "I think people either remember what I said two years ago, or they don't read the newspapers or watch TV to know I dropped out."
McFalls is the only board member whose term expires this year.The race for the $1,800-a-year position is non-partisan.
"I really am grateful to be one of the two candidates that will go into the general election," she said.
She said she was disappointed with MacGregor's showing.
"It's saying to me that I need to make sure thatI campaign hard for re-election," she said.
McFalls, 40, said shechose to run again because she wanted the board to continue to focuson school improvement.
Stone, a 40-year-old Hampstead resident, said he wants the district to strengthen its reading and writing programs.
"I'm pleased with the results," he said.