Residents in five area school districts will head to the polls in November to vote for school board seats that expire this year.
There are three four-year terms open in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Pillager, Staples and Verndale. People interested in filing for candidacy may do so between Aug. 28 and Sept. 11. There is a $2 filing fee. The general election will be Nov. 6. Candidates need to file at their school district offices.
Candidates who file for office must be eligible voters, 21 or older, a resident of the school district from which they seeks election for 30 days before the general election and have no affidavit on file for any other office in the same general election.
School board member terms that expire this year are as follows:
Brainerd -- Board Chair Lew Hudson and board members Bernie Roberts and Kent Montgomery.
Pequot Lakes -- Board members John Palmer, Brad Wallace and Larry Schultz.
Pillager -- Board members Thomas Badger, Elaine Lohr and Robert Marquardt.
Staples -- Board members Don Droubie, Roy DiGiovanni and Mike Hajek.
Verndale -- Board members Jay Weiher, Rodney Bounds and Jim Runyan.
Residents who live in the Brainerd School District also will vote on an operating referendum. The referendum will ask for $195 per pupil unit that would generate about $1.6 million per year for the school district. Of this amount, 47 percent would be funded by the state.
The money generated from the referendum would be used to help maintain programs and help fund vocational education, class size and technology. It also would address additional needs, such as all-day, everyday kindergarten and operational costs of new school buildings, if necessary.
If voters approve the operating referendum, a property owner with a market value home of $100,000 would see a $50.51 increase per year in property taxes.
Residents in the Pine River-Backus School District may also be asked to support a referendum. Superintendent Jim Madsen said the school board has not yet agreed to have a referendum this fall but plans to vote on one in September. An exact amount has not yet been determined, but Madsen said the district likely will ask for about $200 per pupil unit.
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