Voters OK four levies, reject three others

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Voters for the third time since 2009 turned down a building reserve request for Kalispell high schools, but they approved a $211,500 elementary levy request.

The $4,127,915 five-year building reserve would have funded building repairs and upgrades plus meet technology needs.

The elementary general-fund levy will go largely to address staffing needs for overcrowded classrooms in lower grades.

The building reserve was defeated by a 3,915-3,771 margin by voters in the high school district, which includes surrounding elementary school districts.

The Kalispell elementary levy was approved by a 2,418-1,716 margin.

Columbia Falls voters narrowly approved a pair of levies: $91,544 for elementary schools and $81,985 for the high school.

Whitefish voters approved a $45,782 high school levy request, while Olney-Bissell voters by an eight-vote margin defeated an $18,800 levy request.

A $405,000 general-fund levy request was defeated by Somers-Lakeside School District voters.

Following are unofficial results from Tuesday’s school elections:

Columbia Falls

$91,544 elementary levy request 

For  786

Against 761

$81,985 high-school levy request 

For  825

Against 809 


(two 3-year terms) 

Jill Rocksund (i) 821

James Henjum (i) 618

Benjamin Shafer 589

Carl Motichka 464

Glenn Wehe 243



$211,500 elementary levy request

For  2,418 

Against 1,716 

$4,127,915 high school building reserve

Against  3,915 

For  3,771 


(one 3-year term)

Joe Brenneman  330 

Ivan Lorentzen (i)  325 




(one 3-year term)

Jennifer Crowley  97

Angela Carlson  55



$18,800 levy request 

Against 58  

For 50 



$405,000 levy request  

Against 626  

For 515  


(two 3-year terms)

John Hollensteiner  541 

Samuel Bagley 446 

Dave Alexander (i) 426 

Stephen Naso 315 


West Valley


(two 3-year terms)

Cory Hill (i) 276  

Jane Wheeler (i) 273 

Sean Brannan145 



$45,782 high school levy request 

For 809 

Against  601   


(two 3-year terms)

Patricia Jarvi (i) 891

Shawn Tucker 642

Shannon Hanson (i) 623


Flathead Valley Community College

Trustee (one three-year term)

Ralene Sliter (i) 2,888 

Jerry Elwood 965 

Michael Hebert 855 

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