Schools hold elections on the second Tuesday in May in Montana – this year that is May 8.
All schools in the valley have trustee openings.
So far, Stevensville is the only district that has announced that it will run bond or levy.
Stevensville is running two construction bonds for deferred maintenance, safety projects and renovation.
The Stevensville Elementary School Bond (to be voted on by Stevensville voters only) is for building safety upgrades and safety entrance, construction of classrooms, playground relocation and parking/drop off. The bond principal will be in the amount of $6,876,000, estimated interest would be $2,276,000 and total estimated cost $9,152,000. The cost on home with a $100,000 market value would be $3.85 per month, or $46.26 per year.
The Stevensville High School Bond (voted on by Stevensville and Lone Rock voters) is for building safety, parking relocation, renovation of classrooms, student commons, library and restroom renovations, and flexible classroom spaces. The high school principal will be in the amount of $9,745,000, estimated interest is $3,225,000 and the total estimated cost is $12,971,000. The cost per $100,000 market value is $4.09 per month, or $49.07 per year.
The Stevensville District also has three trustee positions each with three-year terms. These positions are currently help by Penny Bertram – Lone Rock representative to Stevensville High School District, Cathi Cook – Stevensville District (Elementary and High School) and Sarah Armijo – Stevensville District (Elementary and High School).
To learn more about the bond issue, go to www.stevensvilleschools.org/2018-school-bond/.
The Florence Carlton School District has one three-year trustee position open. It is currently held by Ben Crocker. The election will be a mail ballot.
Jolene Tollenaar, Florence Business Manager/Clerk, said she believes the school board will do a resolution for the permissive levy but has not yet adopted it.
“The permissive levy will go to vote at the board meeting on March 13,” Tollenaar said.
Superintendent Bud Scully said the school board is going to run a bond election in the fall and will determine the date for that election at the next meeting.
The Corvallis School District has two trustee position openings each for three-year terms. Currently the positions are held by Kathleen Harder-Brouwer and Wilbur Nisly. Corvallis is not running a levy.
The Hamilton School District’s school election will fill three board of trustee positions all for three-year terms. These positions are currently held by David Bedey, Tim Campbell and Patrick Hanley.
The Darby School District has two three-year terms expiring those trustee positions are currently held by Ryan Smith and Jade Muir.
The Lone Rock School District has two trustee positions open. The positions are currently held by Julie Logan – three-year term and Ray Larson – two-year term.
The Victor School District has one trustee position open for a three-year term. It is currently held by Steve Wilson, former board chair, in his eighth term. If Wilson is opposed the school will hold an election at the school.
The deadline to file a nomination petition (to run for trustee) with the school election administrator is 4 p.m., on March 29. No candidate may appear on the ballot unless he/she meets this deadline. Candidates must be registered voters in the district. Nomination petitions are available at the school district offices.
Regular voter registration closes April 9. Voter registration cards are available at district offices or at the County Election Office located at 215 S. 4th St., in Hamilton. Late registration must be completed at the county election office.
Absentee ballots are available to all voters who will not be able to vote in person. Application for absentee ballot forms are available at the school district office or County Election Office. The form can also be mailed or faxed to voters. The applicant must already be a registered voter and the application must be submitted to the County Election Office no later than noon the day before the election.
Election Day is May 8 and polls are open noon to 8 p.m.