School election roundup: Proctor, Esko voters approve school improvementsVoters in Proctor and Esko school districts said Yes to school and grounds improvements in Tuesday’s election.
By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune
Voters in Proctor and Esko school districts said yes to school and grounds improvements in Tuesday’s election.
In Proctor, where the district asked voters to weigh in on a bond referendum allowing it to borrow $7.9 million to demolish the front portion of the K-5 Bay View Elementary and rebuild it, and add a three-story, 16-classroom addition to the back of the building, about 60 percent of voters approved the measure.
Approval means extending the life of existing debt until 2030 instead of letting it expire in 2023. Property taxpayers will see no increase in their annual bills; they will just pay off debt longer.
“We’re so encouraged by the show of support the community gave,” said Superintendent John Engelking. “Some areas of our district were really pro and some were really close.”
He said plans are ready, and he’d be calling an architect today to put things in motion. Construction is expected to begin in the spring. The project is the final piece to a facilities plan Proctor began several years ago.
Once Bay View is finished, Engelking said, “We’ll be in very good shape. We’re so happy.”
ESKO SCHOOL DISTRICT
Esko voters approved two issues for their district,
Question 1 was for an operating levy that will boost spending by $341 per pupil. The district currently doesn’t have an operating levy. It will allow the district to maintain class sizes and restore industrial technology. The measure was approved by nearly 62 percent of voters.
Voters also were asked by the district to allow it to borrow $2.7 million for new soccer and football fields, bleacher seating, lights and concession stands. The June flooding caused damage to the fields beyond what it already faced with condemned bleachers and broken lights. That measure drew support from more than 58 percent of voters.
In a five-way race for three seats on the Esko School Board, Jeff Salo (1,533) and Rick Liljegren (1,378) claimed the top two vote totals.
Julian "Bert" Bertogliat (1,028) held the third seat by just three votes over Jerry Frederick (1,025) and 16 votes over Brandon Crotteau (1,012), with all precincts reporting.
HERMANTOWN SCHOOL BOARD
In a five-way race for three seats on the Hermantown School Board, Laura Thorsvik, Aaron Salmela and Stephanie Hamell won seats.
CLOQUET SCHOOL DISTRICT
In a four-way race for three seats on the Cloquet School Board, Jim Crowley, Gary Hawk Huard and Duane Buytaert won.
MOOSE LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT
In a six-way race for three seats on the Moose Lake School Board, Lisa Anderson Reed, Jamie Jungers and Adam Kamp were victorious.
WRENSHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT
In Wrenshall voters said “yes” to renewing a five-year operating referendum in the amount of $629 per pupil, but a second levy question asking local voters to approve an additional $100 per student failed by 101 votes.
In a four-way race for three school board seats, Matthew Laveau, Janaki Fisher-Merritt and Troy Powers won seats.
BARNUM SCHOOL DISTRICT
In Barnum, voters approved a $1 per pupil referendum for the next five years.
In a five-way race for four school board seats, the winners were Colleen Fetters, Patrick Poirier, Lenore Skoglund and Michael Line.
GRAND RAPIDS SCHOOL BOARD
In an eight-way race for three seats on the Grand Rapids School Board, Pat Medure, Patricia Westerberg and Susan Zeige won. Ben Hawkins won a special election for an open board seat.
NASHWAUK-KEEWATIN SCHOOL BOARD
Ron Smith, Mary Jane Damjanovich and Kyle Haigh won seats.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS SCHOOL BOARD
In a six-way race for three school board seats, the winners were D. Michael Holden, Michelle Hebner and Gordy Dault.
LAKE SUPERIOR SCHOOL DISTRICT
In the district covering Two Harbors and Silver Bay, Shannon Fabini held off Mark Broin for the District 6 seat. Dwight Moe, Cyndi Ryder and Thomas Burns were unopposed for their seats.
CHISHOLM SCHOOL DISTRICT
Voters in Chisholm approved a 10-year operating referendum for the school district and elected Bob Rahja, Clarice Sever and Leanne Johnson to school board seats.
HIBBING SCHOOL BOARD
In a six-way race for three school board seats, Jeff Polcher, Bob Clover and Tony Kuznik won seats.
ELY SCHOOL BOARD
Kathy Udovich, Paul Pengal and Scott Kellerman won seats on the Ely School Board.
ST. LOUIS COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Nancy Wall Glowaski defeated Zelda Bruns for the District 1 seat. Gary Rantala, Chet Larson and Robert Larson ran unopposed for their seats.
The Cloquet Pine Journal contributed to this report.