District 88 Board to call special, general elections

NEW ULM – The District 88 Board of Education on Thursday will consider calling a special election to fill two “premature” vacancies on the board.

The terms in question started on the first Monday in January 2013 and expire on the first Monday in January 2017. Board members are elected in November but start serving on the first Monday in January of the following year.

One of the two seats in question is temporarily held by appointee Christie Dewanz, who replaced Jill Hulke. Hulke was elected to the seat in 2012, but was unable to serve because her election proved invalid. Hulke had run from an address outside the school district.

The other seat was just vacated by Sharon Gieseke, also elected in 2012. Gieseke resigned earlier this month, citing increased commitments as the director of the Minnesota Brain Injury Force. The board will appoint someone to temporarily fill Gieseke’s seat at an upcoming meeting in July.

The board is also expected to call a general election, to fill three seats under its regular rotation. These terms started on the first Monday in January 2011 and expire on the first Monday in January 2015. The seats are currently held by Duane Winter, also the board chair, and Steve Gag and Don Deslauriers.

During the Thursday meeting, the School Board is also expected to approve: a health and safety budget and policy; a family facilitator contract with Brown County; a literacy plan; handbooks; a teacher evaluation program and agreement; several insurance quotes; a revised budget for the past school year and one for next year; and a bullying prohibition policy.

The board meets at 7 p.m. at the District Administrative Center.

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