Summary Of Area School Election Results from Sept. 13th


September 14th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

(updated with IKM-Manning results)

There will be a new face on the Atlantic Board of Education soon. During the school elections held Tuesday, newcomer Rod Hartwig won enough votes to replace incumbent Jon Martens. Hartwig received 376 to Martens’ 352, which placed him second in the highest number of votes received. He’ll be joined on the board by incumbents Phil Hascall, who received 478 votes, and Denny Davis, who garnered 377 votes. Another newcomer on the Atlantic Board of Education, is Josh McLaren, who received 457 votes and was unopposed to fill a vacancy. In addition, the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy issue passed in Atlantic by 414 Yes to 122 No votes. It’s renewal means the district can ask to levy as much as 85-cents per thousand dollar property tax valuation, if necessary. The “Peppel” will remain in effect for another 10-years, beginning January 1st, 2013.

Elsewhere, the Revenue Purpose Statement was renewed in the Griswold Community School District, by a vote of 137-to-9. The Revenue Purpose Statement was also approved by voters in the Adair-Casey School District, 123-to 16. And, a write-in candidate won a race featuring one other person on the ballot. In the Adair-Casey District 4 race, the published candidate Tim James was defeated by write-in Randy Carney, 85-to 49.

In Audubon County, write-in At-Large candidate Mark Nissen upset Arlen Wiedersteen for a seat on the Audubon Board of Education. Nissen garnered 195 votes to Wiedersteen’s 111. Candidates Christine Konkler and Douglas Olson received 213 and 216 votes each, respectively. In addition, a Revenue Purpose Statement for the Audubon School District passed by a vote of 212 to 29. Each of the candidates for the Exira School Board received voter approval. Terri Harris, Lisa Burmeister and Ryan Wilson were unopposed for At-Large seats on the board.

In Adams County, where there were no declared candidates for the Director Seats in Corning Districts 2 and 3, Scott Akin and Lori Harvey received the nomination through write-in votes. Akin received 119 votes, while Harvey garnered 133. Keny Haffner received 132 votes, and was unopposed to fill a vacancy on the board.

Voters in the IKM-Manning Community School District have elected Lynn Barry to fill the one open, At Large seat on the school board. Barry had 352 votes to challenger Larry Lesle’s 280. Barry also received 81 votes as a write-in candidate for the IKM-Manning District 2-A seat, but published candidate David Heller won the election with 401 votes. Scott Hodne was unopposed for the District 1-A Director’s seat, and there were only three write-ins.

Veteran Treynor school board member Jerry Hempel kept his seat following Tuesday’s vote. Hempel was among five candidates for the Treynor board. Treynor featured the only contested school board race in Pottawattamie County, other than the election in Council Bluffs. Newcomers Randy Young and Dave Paulsen will join Hempel on the board as At-Large members.