Election for HPS trustees and levies tomorrow
Havre voters will make a few decisions for the Havre Public Schools tomorrow from 8 a. m. to 8 p. m. in the voting booths in the Havre High School Gymnasium.
Those decisions come in two categories: mill levies, a total of $171,000 worth, and three of the three-year seats on the schools' Board of Trustees.
After the failure of other possible revenue streams the Havre Public Schools were after in the state legislature, the districts is raising a mill levy for each district: $98,000 for the high school district and $73,000 for the elementary district.
A senate bill proposed by Senator Llew Jones would have been, according Superintendent Andy Carlson, "a $300,000 to $400,000 vote for our district. "
With the amounts reached by the legislature, Carlson has said that the current levy amount will still lead to budget shortfall, but could help avoid particularly drastic cuts.
At one time, Carlson speculated the levy could have been three times the amount currently asked for.
This year three of the trustee seats are up for election, those of Curtis Smeby, Darlene Bricker and Cindy Erickson.
All three are seeking re-election.
A fourth candidate, Edroy "Curt" Curtis, entered the race last month.
Smeby and Bricker, both Montana State University-Northern faculty, were both elected three years ago, during the 2008 school election.
Erickson came to the board when former trustee Les Odegard resigned when his wife became a school administrator.