Erickson, Scheele, Smeby win in Havre
Elections held in most Hi-Line towns
May 7, 2014
The newest three members of the Havre School Board of Trustees are Cindy Erickson, Timothy Scheele and Curtis Smeby.
Erickson gained the most votes out of the total 928 ballots turned in from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Erickson received 706 votes, Scheele received 597 and Smeby received 545.
The other candidates, Bobbi Teasley and Ericka Everly, received 367 and 363 votes respectively.
District clerk Mike Arnold was in charge of counting the ballots and said that he was pleasantly surprised with the number of voters who came to Havre High School to turn in their ballots.
Arnold said for just having trustees on the ballot and no levies, a comparatively large number of people came out to vote.
The last school district vote was in 2011, Arnold said, and about 1,300 people voted in the mail-in voting for the building reserve and mill levy election that year.
Early afternoon Tuesday, before ballots were counted, Smeby said he thought there was a good line up for voters.
"I think it's a good selection," Smeby said. "It's good to see people are interested to come out to vote."
The new members will be sworn in at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Robins Administration Building and will be established on the board at the school board meeting that night at 6:30.
At the meeting, they will vote for a new chair and co-chair.
The other surrounding school district who turned their results into the Havre Daily News are thus, in alphabetical order:
An elementary mill levy for $16,695 was approved by a 131 to 53 vote. There was no trustee election due to lack of competition.
The Box Elder Public School Board of Trustees had three positions open on the board – two three-year positions and a one-year position.
Out of the four candidates for the two three-year candidates, Neal Rosette Sr. and Shane Sangrey won with 52 and 43 votes respectively and, out of two candidates, Tim Rosette won the one-year term with 57 votes. For the three-year terms, 149 ballots were turned in and for the one-year term, 83 were turned in.
Chester-Joplin-Inverness Public School District had two three-year terms available and three people running for it.
Brad Kammerzell received the highest number of votes at 515, and Chandra LaFranze received the second highest with 405.
Kurt Kammerzell lost the race with 349 votes.
Due to acclamation, the Chinook Public School District did not have a vote for new board members, but did have two mills levies: a building reserve levy for $40,000 a year for five years and a technology levy for $16,000 a year for 10 years.
The technology levy passed with 291 to 76 votes and the building reserve levy passed with 216 to 79 votes.
The Davey School district had a vote for one position of their three-person board and a vote for a $7,143 general fund levy.
Fred Davey, the only candidate, was re-elected after receiving 8 votes to zero.
The levy was passed 7-1.
The Harlem school district held an election for two three-year terms for which they had four people running.
Michele Lewis received the highest number of votes with 109 and Donald "Duck" Horn received the second highest with 98 votes.
There was no vote this year for North Star Public School Board.
The Rocky Boy School District had two three-year position available and 18 people running for them.
Steve Parker and Teddy Russette III were elected to the terms, beating incumbents Martin Parker and Russell Standing Rock.
The Turner Public School District had two items to vote on: a high school building mill levy and an elementary levy.
The high school building reserve fund levy for $38,951 a year for five years by raising 20.53 mills was passed with 70 to 14 votes.
The elementary building reserve fund levy for $38,951 a year for five years by raising 25.25 mills was passed with 68 to 15 votes.