Two trustee positions are open on the East Helena School Board.
The East Helena School District intends to hold a mail-ballot election for the election unless the two open seats are not contested.
The two vacancies on the seven-member board are currently held by Marcia Ellermeyer and Scott Walter.
Whitmoyer said a mail-ballot election is a better polling system because it’s not only difficult to get voters to show up on election day, but also staffing the polling places can be difficult and expensive.
“We’ve discovered we get a better voter turnout with a mail election,” Superintendent Ron Whitmoyer said. “We get a better understanding of what our populace is thinking.”
Ellermeyer is completing her third term this year for a total of nine years serving as an East Helena trustee. Monday night after the regular school board meeting she said she thinks she’ll run although she has yet to file. The application deadline is March 25.
This is the first three-year term held by Walter and he says he was happy with what the board accomplished during that time, in particular the development of the district-wide strategic plan.
“We use it to direct the future of the district,” he said.
Walter said he’s proud to serve on a board that’s fiscally responsible with taxpayers’ dollars.
“There’s been no general mill levy in the past three years,” he said, adding that he’d like to see that trend continue.
Trustee applications are available at the Central Office located at 226 E. Clinton in East Helena. For more information call Kim Aarstad at 227-7700.
Reporter Alana Listoe: 447-4081 or firstname.lastname@example.org