Thompson, Farber win re-election; Hunt earns third open spot on Dist. 728 Board

1 levy vote passes, 1 fails

Holly Thompson and Sue Farber have won re-election bids to the Elk River Area School Board, and Dan Hunt has earned the third open seat in Tuesday’s election.

Incumbent Janelle Henry lost her bid for re-election.

Thompson garnered 12,169 votes or slightly more than 20 percent of the vote, while Farber garnered 11,791 or nearly 20 percent of the vote.

Hunt with 10,214 votes captured about 17 percent of the vote.

Tom McAuley finished with 9,202 votes or 15 percent.

Henry got 8,518 votes or 14 percent of the vote.

Jane Frazier got 7,905 votes or 13 percent.

Levy vote one had 57 percent yes votes, while levy vote two had 60 percent no votes.

Supt. Mark Bezek prepared the following statement:

“Tonight, November 6, 2012, voters from throughout our district approved the renewal of an expiring levy.  Unfortunately, our second ballot question did not receive the necessary votes to be enacted.  Unofficially, our renewal question passed with 57.10 percent of the vote; our second question received 40.20 percent of the votes.

“To each and every person who voted for our mission, our future and for all of our learners, thank you.  Because of your support of the renewal, we will continue to educate, inspire and empower all of our learners, albeit in a more challenging manner.

“With the passage of our renewal, we will continue to receive $5.75 million a year for the next decade. We will continue to maintain existing curriculum, programs, services, class sizes and staffing.

“As Question 2 did not pass, we will not be able to offer, at this time, free, all-day, every-day kindergarten or will we implement a technology plan that provides for today and well into the future.  In addition, we are unable to reduce our curriculum cycle from 10 to seven years.

“We now have to address the loss of state and federal funding by reducing our budget by $5 to 7 million.  We will use to the extent possible our existing resources to minimize the impact this will have on programs, services, staff and most importantly the classroom.  Difficult decisions lie ahead, but we will do our absolute best to ensure each is in the best interest of every learner in ISD 728.

“To those of you who chose not to vote for our second question, we will work harder to earn your support and trust.  What I ask of you in return is to become involved and help us build a school district that every member of our community will be proud.

“Tomorrow, we will get back to the business of educating, empowering and inspiring our students so that they can achieve their dreams.  Again, thank you to all of you who voted to renew our expiring levy.”