Area school board elections Tuesday
School board elections in Washington County will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said polling places will be open from 12 to 8 p.m. These are the normal hours for a school board election.
He doesn’t think the turnout will be very high.
“Unfortunately, it’s kind of low,” Widmer said. “Usually the turnout is five to 10 percent. Some people think, ‘Well, there’s no contested race in my district, so why take time out to vote?’. ”
Other school districts, such as Keota Community Schools, don’t have any candidates on the ballot, Widmer said. In this situation the school board seat will go to the person who receives the highest votes, and there’s no guarantee that person will take the seat. He or she still has a right to turn it down.
“If they turn it down, then the school board appoints somebody to that position,” Widmer said.
The results won’t be certified until 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, because the auditor’s office has to count the absentee ballots. In order for them to count for the school board elections, they have to be postmarked by Monday, Sept. 9, and arrive at the Washington County Courthouse by Friday, Sept. 13.
Kirkwood Community College will also have a levy renewal on the ballot.
“Basically, it’s a vote on whether or not to continue a tax on taxable property beginning July 1, 2015,” Widmer said.
The levy would be based on 6 cents per 1,000 of assessed valuation on a taxable property, Widmer said.
As reported in The Journal’s edition on Friday, Aug. 2, Washington Community School District has three openings on the school board. Heidi Vittetoe is running again for District 5 and Patty Roe is running again for an at-large position. There is no candidate for District 2, so that will be left as a write-in vote.
The Mid-Prairie Community School District has five people running for at-large positions on the school board. The candidates running are Jim Husby, Stacia Bontrager, Jeremy Pickard, William Kinneer III, and Jeremy Statler.
In the Highland Community School District there are four board seats open and only one contested race. For District 1 the candidate is Rachel Longbine; in District 3 the candidate is Kevin Engel; in District 4 Lois Schneider is running for a two-year term, which will finish up Megan Allen’s term. Due to redistricting in 2012 Allen was moved from District 4 to District 5. The only contested district is 5. Allen is running and so is Laura Scheetz.
The polling places for the Washington Community School District (WCSD) are as follows: for the Brighton Precinct, voting will be at the Brighton Community Center at 100 E. Washington St.; for the Washington Precinct, voting will take place at the Washington County Courthouse at 222 W. Main St., according to the Washington County Auditor’s Web site.
There are three polling places for the Mid-Prairie Community School District. The Kalona Precinct can vote at the Kalona Community Building at 307 Sixth St. The Wellman Precinct can vote at the Parkside Activities Center at 525 13th St.
The West Chester Precinct can vote at West Chester Heritage Building at 51 Main St.
The Highland Community School District will have two places for voting. The Riverside Precinct will vote at Riverside City Hall located at 60 Greene St. and the Ainsworth Precinct will vote at the Ainsworth Fire Department located at 645 Highway 92.
The polling place for the Keota Community School District, which has students from western Washington County in its district, will be at Farmers Savings Bank in Keota. It is located at 225 E. Broadway Avenue.