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HOUSTON COUNTY ROUNDUP - Voters to consider school funding boost

From staff reports

Voters in the La Crescent-Hokah school district will be among nine in the region to be asked to raise their taxes to help retain school programs.

The override would be for $550 per pupil unit, for a total of $977,000. The state would pay for about 36 percent of that.

Among the programs the school wants to continue are an unusual one in which teacher pay is tied to performance, keeping elementary class sizes smaller, retaining advanced placement classes for accelerated high school students in sciences and English and keeping some athletic teams or not having to raise fees for the teams, said Superintendent Connie Hayes.

The district's elementary class size is now 23. "If you're in the low 20s, you're doing pretty good," she said. Statewide, those class sizes are creeping into the high 20s, though she doesn't know of any statewide study on that issue.

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Other races

Brownsville

Mayor (two-year term): incumbent Timothy Serres and Paula Gregerson.

Two four-year terms: incumbents Jim Driscoll, Joseph Serres and Pam Walhovd.

Caledonia

Mayor (two-year position): incumbent Robert H. Burns.

Two four-year council positions: incumbent Paul Fisch, incumbent Randi Vick.

Hokah

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Mayor (two-year position): incumbent Jerry Martell.

Two four-year council positions: Tom Oldenburg, James Scholze, Kevin Walther.

Houston

Mayor (two-year position): No filings.

Two four-year council positions: Jim Edwards, Andy Davis, Connie Krenzke.

La Crescent

Mayor (two-year position): Clark V. Davidson, Mikel Poellinger.

Two four-year council positions: incumbent Duane P. Zenke, Gregory A. Husmann, Steve Bissen.

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One two-year council position: incumbent Ben Rudert, Robert Mayer, Tom Hogan, Dave Hanifl.

Spring Grove

Mayor (two-year position): Pearl Holland.

Two four-year council positions: None.

Schools

Caledonia

Four board positions: incumbents Bruce Bulman, Chuck Schulte and Charles Wray (Cheryl Whitesitt won't run again) and Mary Jane Frank, Naomi Fruechte, and Jean Meyer.

Houston

Four four-year board positions: incumbents Ronald Evenson and Kelley Stanage, and Paula Stefan, Tracy Rathke.

La Crescent

Referendum: The district will ask for an extra $550 per pupil unit (different grades have varying amounts provided from the state per pupil), for a total of $900,000. The state would pay about 65 percent.

Spring Grove

Three four-year positions: incumbents Craig Otterness, Mark Dokken and Larie Wohlert running along with Kathy Rosendahl.

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