Voters in 5 local area school districts voted on referendum questions Tuesday. The Nicollet School District asked for an additional $450 per-pupil for the next 3 years, and it was approved with 339-Yes votes to 185-No votes. Springfield School District voters approved both of the district’s 2 referendum questions. Question 1 to renew the expiring levy passed with 429-Yes votes to 76-No votes, and Question 2 to add an additional $100 per-pupil for technology upgrades passed with 362-Yes to 143-No. The Wabasso School District had an Operating Referendum before it’s voters which resulted in a $1,053 tax levy per-pupil. It was approved with 302-Yes votes to 69-No votes. The Truman School District asked voters to approve a $1.25-million Capital Projects Referendum for numerous updates and repairs. It was approved with 199-Yes votes to 105-No votes. And the Central School District had a $3.3-million Bond Referendum before voters for a remodeling project at Central Elementary School. It was narrowly approved with 299-Yes votes and 288-No votes.
There were a handful of area communities with races for Election Day on Tuesday. Winning the 3 open seats on the Belle Plaine School Board were Joseph Vandermark, Dan Gardner and Dan Giesen. The 3 open seats on the Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart School Board went to Brad Dobberstein, Keith Johnson and Alyssa Homan. The Central School Board 3 open seats went to Elroy Latzig, Nicole Evenski and Richard Schug. There were also 3 open seats on the St. Peter School Board, and the winners in that 6-way race were Jon Carlson, Drew Dixon and Charlie Potts. St. Peter also had municipal races. St. Peter Mayor Tim Strand won re-election with 61% of the vote over Joel Brinker. Susan Carlin and Roger Parras were both elected to the Ward 1 St. Peter City Council seat, and Stephen Grams won the election for the Ward 2 council seat.