Voters to decide contested municipal, school board races

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The April 3 general election ballot will feature only four contested municipal and school board elections. Southwest R-5 School District patrons will also decide a $1.5 million bond issue next Tuesday.

Municipal elections

Cassville and Purdy voters will decide a pair of contested municipal elections next week.

Incumbent Terry Heinz will face off against challenger Donna Hayes for the Cassville South Ward Alderman seat, and newcomers Ron Gray and Sean Priest will vie for an open Purdy Ward One Alderman seat.

The remaining five municipal elections will feature unopposed candidates.

Cassville North Ward Alderman Darrell Ledenham and Purdy Ward Two Alderman Ken Real are both running unopposed.

Mayor Tony Cope, West Ward Alderman Frances Hobbs and East Ward Alderman Carrol Hayes will return to the Butterfield City Council. Exeter South Ward Alderman Jeff Scott and North Ward Alderman Keith Johnson will also retain their seats.

Kelly Payne, Seligman west ward alderman, will continue to serve constituents. She will be joined on the Seligman Council by Gerald Harling, who filed for an open east ward alderman seat.

The Washburn City Council will retain its current council members. Incumbents Chloe Weathers, east ward alderman, and Gerald Hinde, west ward alderman, are the only candidates who filed for the election.

Wheaton West Ward Alderman Stacy Beck is also running unopposed. She will be joined on the council by newcomer Ryan Henderson.

School board elections

Only voters who live in the Exeter and Shell Knob School Districts will have the opportunity to decide contested school board races next Tuesday.

Exeter R-6 School Board incumbent Sammy Hudson-Schmidt will face off against challengers Jeff Hobbs, William Roberts, Mitch Sorensen and Joseph Still. Two seats are available on the board. Incumbent Natalie Moseley did not file for re-election.

At Shell Knob, three candidates are vying for two seats on the school board. Incumbents Lisa Fielder and Bob Stewart will be challenged by Katherine Marcum.

The Cassville, Southwest, Wheaton and Purdy school board elections will feature only unopposed incumbents.

Cassville R-4 School Board incumbents John Sullivan and Carolyn Bowen and Southwest R-5 School Board incumbents Robert Catron and Danny Dalton will retain their seats.

Wheaton School Board members Doug Goostree and Bobby Banks and Purdy School Board incumbents Randy Henderson and Ken Terry are also running unopposed.

Proposition Safety

Southwest R-5 School District patrons will decide a $1.5 million bond issue on April 3. If approved, Proposition Safety will fund the construction of a new music room at the high school and new elementary and middle school offices.

The new music room addition will be constructed at the east end of the high school. The 4,000-square foot addition will provide high school band and choir students with practice and classroom space.

If approved, the bond issue will also fund the construction of a shared office area for the elementary and middle school principals and secretaries. The new offices will be built between the elementary and middle school, east of the kindergarten through eighth grade cafeteria.

This portion of the construction project will also include the construction of a corridor connecting the middle school with the cafeteria. Currently, middle school students must walk across an open, uncovered area when going to and from lunch or drama classes

In addition to the construction projects, Proposition Safety will provide funding to finish equiping the school bus fleet with cameras and add security cameras at all entrances.

Southwest has hired Richard Werner to serve as project architect and Springfield Builders Incorporated to serve as construction manager for the project. Proposition Safety is not expected to increase the district's debt service tax levy.

According to Gary Youngblood, Barry County clerk, the voting location for the Washburn precinct has changed.

In the past, voters cast their ballots at the Washburn City Hall. Due to the large turnout that is expected for the upcoming election, the polling site has been moved to the Washburn Fire Station on Highway 37.

Candidate questionnaires for each of the contested races are featured on page 13 of this week's edition of the Cassville Democrat.

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