The race for Havre Public Schools trustees will not be uncontested, with Mark Magelssen filing a petition Thursday, the filing deadline. He will face current Chairperson Shad Huston and trustee Norm Proctor in the May 4 election. Each of those two terms are for three years. Trustee Cindy Erickson also is running for election to a one-year term. She was appointed by the board of trustees after Les Odegard resigned his seat last spring and must now run for election. He thought about running in the last election, but after talking with the other candidates decided to wait. "And this time I just thought it was time to run," he said this morning. One of the issues he intends to focus on in the election is how to keep marijuana away from schools, especially with the increase in medical marijuana grow operations, "because it's a very destructive drug, and I love my kids," he said. Erickson said that she wants to run to finish several projects under way in the district, including construction projects like the addition at Highland Park Early Primary School South and the Havre Middle School roof, to "keep things at par and keep things going smooth." She also said she wants to keep the budget on track and, of course, help the students. "I feel good about it," she said about her decision to run and the election. "There's a lot of good things happening, and I've really enjoyed being a part of it," Huston said about his decision to run for a second term. It's important to be involved in chilDren's schools and keep things positive, he said. Good effects of programs like the one for reading are showing in students, he said, "and I just want to continue kind of doing what we're doing." At t h e f e d e r a l l eve l , there's a growing emphasis on making sure that students graduate work-ready, Proctor, who is running for his third term, said. The only way to do that is to increase and maintain vocational and technical programs in schools. He wants to keep those programs going in Havre schools, he said. "I want to see the building projects done," he added, saying that he wants to ensure that 20 years from now, the buildings are still in good shape. Even though being a trustee entails challenges and time, "I'm still willing to take on that," he said, because of commitment to the students. Elections are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 4 in the Havre High School gymnasium. In addition to the trustees, a $44,552 high school district mill levy will be on the ballot for a decision by voters.
Contest develops for Havre school board
Published: Friday, March 26th, 2010
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