Newcomer John Williams will join the Ashland School Board July 1. He and incumbent Keith Massie, both of whom ran unopposed, garnered 98 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election.

Newcomer John Williams will join the Ashland School Board July 1.

He and incumbent Keith Massie, both of whom ran unopposed, garnered 98 percent of the vote in Tuesday's election.

"I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellent education in Ashland and finding creative ways to work around the budget concerns we have," Williams said Wednesday. "That's my primary goal."

Williams and Massie will serve four-year terms. Massie will continue to hold Position 5 on the board and Williams will hold Position 2.

The board will be charged with hiring a new superintendent for the 2013-14 academic year, after Superintendent Juli Di Chiro retires.

Heidi Parker, who holds the Position 2 board seat, decided not to seek re-election after serving two terms.

Massie and Williams both have children in the district and have said they want to help Ashland schools weather the ongoing budget crisis.

Williams said he hopes to also find ways for the district to reinstate some of the programs that have been cut over the past three years, as the district has struggled to balance its budget.

"I'd like to see if maybe we can start slowly but surely adding some of the non-core education back into the curriculum," he said. "Personally, I'd love to see more art and music and sports back in the classroom. Unfortunately those are the first things that often get cut during budget problems."

Contact reporter Hannah Guzik at 541-708-1158 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.