P.O. Box 429
Mt. Lake, MN 56159
Mt. Lake School District officials were hoping for operating levy approval, but were pleased at how high that approval turned out to be.
There were 350 voters in favor of continuing the current funding and 67 opposed. That’s an 84 percent approval rating. “I would not have predicted that it would have passed by 84 percent,” said Superintendent Bill Strom. “In the past our operating levies have averaged 71 percent approval. “This was a positive outcome for the district. These funds will allow us to keep class sizes small. “We have a great record of student participation in electives and activities. These funds make sure those opportunities for students will be kept alive. “On behalf of the school board, I wish to thank everyone who participated in this process.”
Statewide, the Minnesota School Board Association reported more than 90 percent passage rate for operating levies, the highest since the organization started tracking the information in 1980.
Comfrey, Granada-Huntley- East Chain, Madelia, Martin County West, Milroy, Round Lake-Brewster and Truman also passed their operating levies. These are the districts Mt. Lake participates with in sports and other activities and are similar in size. In addition to their operating levy, St. James School District also passed a $24 million bond for new construction and remodeling.
Board members The top vote tally for the four open school board seats was newcomer Tom Fast with 326. Pam Hoek was next with 310, followed by Chad Pedersen, 288, and Julie Brugman, 278. “Having four incumbent school board members elected to their current seats creates an opportunity to build on all we’ve accomplished,” said Strom. Write-in candidates receiving 29 votes or more were Mitchell Schroeder, Mark R. Hanson, Jean Haberman and Wade Nelson. Voter turnout was 26 percent out of 1,589 registered voters.
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