By Tim Leeds
Results of the area school elections held Tuesday are in.
At the Havre schools, incumbent Judy Bricker received 502 votes, challenger Dave Milam received 434 votes to win the two elementary trustee positions. Incumbent Jay Springer received 408 votes. Incumbent Aileen Couch, running unopposed for her outlying district high school trustee position, received 41 votes. The high school mill levy increase proposed for operation and maintenance of the school passed with 537 votes for and 220 against. The levy will increase local property taxes by $165,438, approximately 8.08 mills. The increase in the elementary building reserve proposed passed with 532 votes for and 189 against. The reserve will be raised by $25,000 a year to $150,000, and will be used to replace the heating and ventilation system at Sunnyside Elementary School.
At the Cottonwood Elementary School Bev Peterson won her trustee race by acclimation.
At the Davey Elementary School, Violet Davey received 11 votes in her unopposed run for her trusteee position. The general fund mill levy increase proposed passed with nine votes for and two opposed. The levy will increase local property taxes by $7,707.70, approximately 26.14 mills.
At the KG (Kremlin Gildford) schools, incumbent Mitzi Dees received 105 votes in her unopposed run for her trustee position. The elementary mill levy increase proposed passed with 114 votes for and 6 against. The levy increase will increase local property taxes by $24,680.22, approximately 5.01 mills. The proposed high school mill levy increase passed with 119 votes for and four against. The levy will increase local property taxes by $1,981.21, approximately 0.37 mills.
At the Blue Sky schools (Hingam Rudyard), Todd Langel received 60 votes to defeat Darrold Hutchinson, who received 33, in their race for the trustee position.
At the J-I (Joplin Inverness) schools, Tom Bangs, running unopposed for a trustee position, received 229 votes. The K-12 special levy proposed passed with 211 votes for and 56 against. The levy will increase property taxes by $274,651, approximately 76.28 mills.
At the Chester schools, Christi Lakey, running unopposed for her trustee position, received 171 votes. The elementary mill levy increase proposed for general maintenance and operation passed with 139 votes for and 42 against. The levy will increase local property taxes by $50,000, approximately 8.31 mills.
At the Chinook schools, Kraig Hansen received 202 votes, defeating Liz Lybeck,who received 88, and Ralph E. Page,who received 42, for the vacant position on the high school/elementary board. Challenger W.M. "Bim" Strauser received 51 votes to defeat incumbent Mark Billmayer, who received 37 votes, to represent Zurich on the high school board. Ian Davies was running unopposed to represent Lloyd on the high school board, and votes on that election were not available at the time of printing. The mill levy increase proposed for the elementary school bus transportation fund for operation and maintenance passed passed with 223 votes for and 111 against. The levy will increase local property taxes by $15,644, approximately 4 mills. The high school general fund mill levy increase proposed passed with 247 votes for and 194 against. The levy will increase local property taxes by $43,215.16, approximately 5.397 mills. The mill levy increase proposed for the high school bus transportation and bus depreciation fund proposed passed with 276 votes for and 167 against. The levy will increase local property taxes by $30,375, approximately 3.794 mills.
At the Zurich school, incumbent Frank B. Overcast received 85 votes. He was running unopposed for his trustee position. The mill levy increase proposed for repair, maintenance and general operation passed with 50 votes for and 38 against. The levy will increase local property taxes by $10,806.93, approximately 6 mills.
At the Cleveland/Lone Tree Bench school two incumbents were running unopposed for their positions. Walter Bold received 7 votes for his three-year position and Doug Henke received nine votes for his two-year position.
At the Lloyd school, incumbent Connie Copenhaver was running unopposed for her position. Voting information was not available at the time of printing.
At the Box Elder schools, five candidates were running for two trustee positions. The winners were incumbent Jean Butler with 68 votes and challenger Barb Friede with 51 votes. Incumbent Joe Rosette, Jr. received 45 votes and challengers Tim Koop and Melody Henry each received 22 votes.
At the Rocky Boy Schools, Theodore E. Whitfieldwith 138 votes and Shawn Big Knife with 96 won the two three-year trustee positions open. Dorothy Small received 90 votes for the positions, Charles Gopher 70, Daryl "Buck" Wright 68, Judy LaMere Parker 65, Rose Lynn Jarvey 64, Warren Paul Small, Sr. 63, Lily E. Corcoran 49, Direk P. Small, Sr. 33, and Joyce Denny 27.
At the Big Sandy schools, Thad J. Willis received 179 votes to defeat incumbent Ronald A. Pearson for his trustee position. Incumbent Laura L. Boyce, running unopposed to represent Warrick and Loma on the board, received 9 votes. The general mill levy increase for the elementary school proposed passed with 225 votes for and 46 against. This will raise local property taxes by $47,646.14, approximately 7 mills. The general mill levy increase for the high school proposed passed with 240 votes for and 66 against. This will raise local property taxes by $6,964.64, approximately 0.9 mills. The bus department levy increase proposed for the elementary school and for the high school passed with 227 for and 43 against the elementary levy and 256 for and 51 against the high school levy. The elementary increase raises local property taxes by $11,616.35, approximately 1.68 mills, and the high school increase raises local property taxes by $11,616.35, approximately 1.51 mills. The transportation levy increases proposed to pay for buying an additional bus to take over a new route passed with the elementary levy receiving 202 votes for and 67 against and the high school levy receiving 232 votes for and 76 against. The elementary levy raises local property taxes by $10,207, approximately 1.5 mills and the high school levy raises local property taxes by $11,500, approximately 1.5 mills.