Only one district resident files papers to run against incumbents for two seats up for election
BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – With an April 2 bond referendum looming, two spots on the Fort Madison School board are required to be added to the ballot and three people have turned in paperwork to be on the ballot.
Current board members Brian Steffensmeier and Josh Wykert have both submitted paperwork to stay on the board, while Brad Menke also turned in papers.
Steffensmeier and Wykert were both appointed to the board. Steffensmeier was appointed in 2018 and Wykert in February of this year. Menke also submitted his name for appointment for both the vacancies and ran in the last regular school board election.
Steffensmeier was appointed to fill a vacancy created when Jillian Troxel left the board when her family relocated to Wisconsin. Wykert was appointed after former board member Gayla Young died on Jan. 1.
According to state election laws those two positions have to be placed on the next election of the district which would include bond referendums, special elections, or a general election.
Once elected, the board members will fill out the remainder of Young’s and Troxel’s terms on the board, which are both set to expire in 2021.
Also on the ballot April 2 will be the vote to approve a $30 million Prek-3rd grade elementary school to be built on school district property just south of Bluff Road. The district needs a supermajority of 60% plus one to pass the referendum.