School board elections taking shape around county

School board ballots are shaping up around Madison County and candidates interested in running for the office have about two more weeks to file with their district clerks.

Anyone wishing to run for a school board spot in one of the five Madison County school districts must file by March 24.

The school election will be May 3. School districts who don’t run a mill levy and don’t have any contested trustee races, can cancel the May 3 election.

However, school boards can choose to run mill levy elections after May 3 if they need more time to determine the appropriate levy amount to ask for from voters.

In the Alder School District, board chairwoman Linda Dixon is up for re-election, as is Kaycee Gilman, who was appointed when Kim Hudson resigned his spot in December. Both Dixon and Gilman are running again for their positions.

In Sheridan, Jim Kaatz and Lisa Morgan are both up for re-election. Morgan represents the Alder High School District on the school board and is running again. Kaatz is not seeking re-election.

In Twin Bridges, Dave Ashcraft, Joan Phillips and Lori Harshbarger are all up for re-election. Ashcraft and Harshbarger are both running again. Phillips did not return phone messages inquiring about her decision whether or not to run again.

In Ennis, Brett Owens is lone trustee up for re-election and he will run for the position again.

All registered voters residing within the school district can vote in the school board election, said Peggy Kaatz Stemler, Madison County Clerk and Recorder. Voter registration for school elections closes April 4.

There is no late registration for school elections, she said.

Along with the school board elections, Madison County is also asking voters to approve a 2-mill levy for elder services around the county. If passed, the money generated by the levy will go towards senior meals programs, transportation and other elder services, according to the resolution requesting the levy be on the ballot. The mill levy would increase annual taxes on a $200,000 home by $6.

For more information on filing to run for your local school board, contact your school district office.

To register to vote, go online to the clerk and recorder’s website, which can be accessed through the Madison County homepage at madison.mt.gov or call Stemler at 843-4270.

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