Karla Reinhart won the race for Astoria School Board with 1,092 votes (56 percent).

She unseated appointed incumbent Martin Dursse, who trailed with 832 votes (43 percent).

Reinhart said Tuesday night she was thrilled with early returns for the the Position 2 seat, which held up in the 11 p.m. count.

"I'm just so excited to hear that that's where we are," Reinhart said after finishing a drama rehearsal. She said she's looking forward to getting to work.

Reinhart is a nurse practitioner at Ocean Beach Medical Clinic.

Reinhart, 45, has lived in Astoria for two years, after relocating from Kalispell, Mont. She hoped her newcomer's perspective might benefit the board with its decision-making. Reinhart has two grown children, and hoped to be a "sounding board" for community voices.

Reinhart said she's looking to come up with some creative solutions for the district's current budget woes, while maintaining equity for students in classrooms.

Dursse was appointed after 14-year veteran David Kaspar stepped down.

Reinhart complimented Dursse and his work on the board, saying, "I wish him the best. ... I have big shoes to fill."

Dursse is a dispatcher for the Columbia River Bar Pilots, and is retired after 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has three children, one is attending Astoria High School, and another attends Astoria Middle School. Dursse has lived in Astoria for 10 years.

Brad Pope, Position 1, Shawn Helligso, in Position 3, Laura Snyder, Position 4, and Laurie Choate, Position 5, all ran unopposed.

Despite a new state forecast released Friday showing a slowing in Oregon's declining revenue, the Astoria School District is moving forward with plans for nearly $2.3 million in cuts to next year's budget. The Astoria School Board and the budget committee will wrangle with next year's tight budget, and probably the 2010-11 budget year as well, said Superintendent Craig Hoppes.

Hoppes recently sent news to all district employees, parents and community members that 21 jobs are to be cut in the latest draft of the proposed budget for next year.

He has also proposed that five school days be cut from next year's calendar, to save $250,000.

Other proposed reductions included in this latest draft include a $5,500 reduction to Hoppes' annual salary. Additionally, a $70,000 reduction in the five-year maintenance capital improvement budget, a $73,000 cut to technology staffing, a $73,000 cut from the TAG (talented and gifted) Program and a $60,000 slice from the food service budget would be made.