HOWARD LAKE-WAVERLY-WINSTED, MN - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted voters voiced their opinions at the polls, electing six out of the seven school board candidates and voting down a question to address the aging middle school by nearly two to one.
Of those elected, only Jesse Tintes is new to the school board.
When asked about some of the big issues facing the board, re-elected board member Charlie Weber said that passing the operating levy and the bond for a new middle school were at the top of his list.
Weber said that without the operating levy, the board would be looking into cutting programs.
Voters in favor of passing the middle school levy were 1,333, while those who voted no were 3,270.
“I know that times are hard,” Weber said of the middle school levy failure. He expressed concern about the inefficiency of the middle school and the possibility that repairs may be needed in order to keep the building running.
Those running for the 4-year term were Michelle Heuer (2,858 votes), Charlie Weber (2,344 votes), Paul Weibel (2,208 votes), Jesse Tintes (2,027 votes), and Fred Yerke (1,650) who was not elected. Running for the 2-year term were Al Doering (3,058 votes), and Dan Schaible (2,463 votes).
School Board Member Jamie Wiech’s term was not up during this election, and she fills the seventh position on the board.
The next school board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 17 at the HLWW middle school at 7 p.m. in the meeting room.