Herald JournalHerald Journal, Nov. 3, 2003

Eight schools to ask voters for levy approval, three for bonds

By Lynda Jensen

Eight school districts in the area are asking voters to approve operating referendums for Tuesday's election; with three of these schools looking to have building bonds approved as well.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted is asking for approval of a $47 million bond to fund the construction of a new pre-k-12 school, which will include infrastructure and wiring for technology, a football stadium, ballfield, soccer field, furniture, fixtures, equipment and a bus garage, as well as land for the Winsted elementary site.

The HLWW operating levy of about $661,000 is planned for upkeep and improvements to technology, money to offset program cuts and maintain class sizes.

Lester Prairie will ask voters to approve two different questions related to operating levies.

The first levy amount is $83,505 over the course of 10 years, tagged for capital improvements related to technology, textbooks, and items such as fixing the roof.

The second referendum question relates to a nine-year levy in the amount of $21,458 related to staffing expenses.

HLWW polling places

The following places are designated for the HLWW district. Township voters should keep in mind that the polling locations are at the school, not the township halls.

The HLWW polls will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

· Residents of the City of Winsted, and Winsted and Hollywood Townships vote at Winsted Elementary School.

· Residents of the City of Howard Lake, and Victor, Middleville, Albion, and Stockholm Townships vote at the high school in Howard Lake.

· Residents of the City of Waverly, and Marysville and Woodland Townships vote at Humphrey Elementary School in Waverly.

Lester Prairie polling places

Lester Prairie voters who reside in the district must go to the Lester Prairie High School media center from 3:30 to 8 p.m. to vote.

Montrose polling places

Voters in the Montrose area who are inside the Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose School District may cast their ballots at the Montrose Elementary school.

This includes voters in the City of Montrose, as well as the townships of Marysville, Woodland and Franklin.

The Montrose polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

New Germany polling places

Voters who reside in the Waconia School District, including residents in the City of New Germany, as well as sections of Camden Township and Hollywood Township, may go to the New Germany City Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to vote.

Wherever voters go to vote, they will be deciding several issues.

In general, building bonds are listed separately on the ballot and are dedicated toward specific building projects. The money raised for them must be specifically spent for the purpose noted on the ballot.

Operating levies, on the other hand, are additional funds requested by the district to go toward ongoing upkeep of the school's budget. There are also miscellaneous levies that may be asked targeted toward such subjects as technology improvements.

Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Waconia and Elk River plan to ask for both bonds and operating levies.

Other school districts with operating levies on the ballot include Hutchinson, Rockford, St. Michael-Albertville, and Maple Lake.

Waconia public schools, which pertains to voters in the City of New Germany, as well as Camden and Hollywood townships, also plan to ask voters to approve a bond for $26 million.

The Waconia bond, if passed, will be used for renovation and construction projects at Bayview, Southview Elementary expansion, remodeling classrooms, a new auditorium and more classrooms for the high school.

Waconia is also asking for approval of an operating levy, to help with increasing enrollment and flat funding from the state.

Elk River will be asking three questions to voters, one being a $61 million building bond, and two levy questions, one levy to reinstate 20 teaching positions that were previously cut, and another levy for technology.

The Elk River building bond encompasses large scale remodeling projects, the construction of two elementaries, a land purchase for an additional school building in Zimmerman, and money to add a wing to its junior high.

Maple Lake wishes to bump up its current operating levy, and Rockford is looking to ask voters about an operating referendum, as well.

Several local school board seats open

Several terms are expiring on local school district boards.

HLWW has five seats open ­ one two-year seat and four four-year seats.

Six candidates are vying for the four-year terms, Lori Custer, Tom Hammer, Rob Merritt, incumbent Jim Raymond, Dan Schaible, and incumbent Charles Weber.

Incumbent Al Doering is running for the two-year term unopposed.

Incumbents Jim Fowler and Ken Zimmerman did not file.

The Lester Prairie School Board has three four-year term seats open.

Three candidates filed for these positions, incumbent Bob Remer, Melissa Williams, and Jeff Hecksel.

Incumbents Barry Kyllo and Nancy Krull did not file.

The race in Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose includes four four-year terms which are expiring, with nine candidates vying for these positions.

The candidates are: Leander Wetter, Al Winters, Pattie Pokorney, Jason Barron, Dean Brown, all of Buffalo, Patricia Betzler of Montrose, along with incumbents Bob Harri, Rolf Mohwinkel, and Bob Halagan, all of Buffalo, have filed affidavits of candidacy.

Nancy Dehmer of Buffalo resigned to take a position with community education.

Election results to be posted online

Results will be posted online late Tuesday night of the election results for HLWW and Lester Prairie, as soon as they are called in. The results will be available at www.herald-journal.com.

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