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Grinnell ousts two incumbents, elects four new board members

Montezuma voters approve change to revenue purpose statement; HLV, BGM voters OK PPEL extension

Grinnell voters spoke their piece, electing four new board members and ousting incumbents Eric Pederson (at large) and Kevin Kolbe (district 1) in board elections held last week.

Newcomers Barbara Brown and Leo Lease were elected to fill two at-large seats, one of which was held by Pederson.

In the other contested race, newcomer Jeffrey D. Smith was elected to fill the district 1 seat currently held by Kolbe.

Douglas F. Cameron, a retired Grinnell educator who was running unopposed in district 11, was elected to his first term on the board. Cameron received 858 votes, the most of any Grinnell board election candidate. Brown received 550 votes, and Lease garnered 658 votes to Pederson’s 364 votes. Smith picked up 575 votes to Kolbe’s 311 votes. There were a total of four write-in votes. All seats are for four-year terms.

Montezuma

In other area races, voters in the Montezuma Community District voted 125-12, approving Public Measure A, which amends the district’s revenue purpose statement and its uses.

“The (Montezuma) district is pleased that the voters approved Measure A with such overwhelming support,” said Superintendent Dave Versteeg. “I think the vote shows that the patrons of the district support the school and its mission to provide the very best education possible for every student.” Versteeg said passage of the revised revenue purpose statement enables the district to continue upgrading its facilities and infrastructure.

Montezuma voters opted to retain board members Steve Audas and Vincent E. Johnson III for new four-year terms.

Audas received 131 votes, while Johnson picked up 123 votes. There were also five write-in votes between the two candidates.

BGM

Incumbent Edward Kline received 137 votes, which was good enough to retain his seat on the BGM Board of Education.

Joining him will be newcomer Dee Dee McDonald, who garnered 152 votes. The third and remaining seat on the BGM board goes to Rusty Hedlund, who was elected by a write-in vote. Hedlund received 65 of the 94 write-in votes. All seats are for four-year terms.

BGM voters said yes to Public Measure B by a 104-61 margin. Passage of Measure B authorizes the district to levy and impose a PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) tax not exceeding $1.34 for $1,000 of assessed valuation for an extended period of 10 years. This tax is already in place and is not a new tax.

HLV

At the HLV Community School Districts, voters said yes to incumbent and long-time board member Laurel Hollopeter with 46 votes. This will be Hollopeter’s sixth term on the board. Also re-elected was Maria Hawkins with 44 votes. Hawkins has served on the board for two years. Both terms are for four years.

Public Measure C was also approved in the HLV district 39-9. Measure C authorizes the district to levy and impose a PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) tax not exceeding $1.34 for $1,000 of assessed valuation for an extended period of 10 years. As with BGM, this is not a new tax at HLV.

The Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors officially canvassed and approved the ballots at the Friday, Sept. 11, meeting.

UPDATED September 15, 2009 1:10 PM

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