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by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · September 21st, 2017

On Friday, September 15, the results of the September 12 school election were deemed official by the Linn County Board of Supervisors and ex-officio Board of Canvassers for the county.

Marion Independent

School Board

Shari Funck and Bill Huntoon were re-elected to serve four-year terms as Directors at Large in the Marion Independent School District. In addition, retired educator Diana Zrudsky received write-in votes and will fill the other open seat on the board. Zrudsky served in the area of language arts at Linn-Mar for many years.

Funck received 251 votes (44.90 percent of a total of 559 votes), Huntoon received 168 (30.05 percent). There were 140 write-in votes. From among those, 82 votes were designated as "Scattering" and Zrudsky received 58 votes.

"The Marion Independent School District has historically been well served through community member selfless service. The MISD Board of Education's Directors have distinguished themselves as long serving, dedicated citizens who have positively applied extensive knowledge of the community and participated actively in the lives of each school," said MISD Superintendent Chris Dyer in a statement about the election.

In regards to the election of the three candidates, Dyer stated, "Shari Funck, Bill Huntoon, and Diana Zrudsky's recent selections to serve on the MISD BOE continue the tradition of well informed community members selflessly serving the families of Marion Independent School District.

"The experience and passion that our three newly elected school board members bring to the excellent MISD Board's governing body's membership will continue to promote enthusiasm to the District's Vision that 'all MISD Learners believe in their power to embrace learning, to excel, and to own their future.'

"The MISD BOE governance and team leadership will carry on the MISD Mission to form 'partnership with parents and the community with our entire Board of Education creating a safe environment where each learner is nurtured to become successful.'"

Dyer then went on to congratulate all the elected Board Directors, "We thank all our Board Directors for their willingness to serve; we offer our best wishes for continued success and personal service to the community; and we welcome each member of the MISD Community to the MISD future where 'learning for all' is cherished."

Funck, Huntoon, and Zrudsky will be administered their individual oaths of office and sworn in for their four-year terms at the Board of Education's regular meeting on Monday, September 25, at 7 p.m.

Linn-Mar School Board

New members of the Linn-Mar Board of Directors will be Bob Anderson, Cara Lausen and Rachel Wall.

Official results show a total of 11,663 votes in the Linn-Mar candidate race. Of those, Anderson received 2,515 (21.56 percent), Wall received 2,502 (21.45 percent), and Lausen received 2,001 (17.16 percent). Bob Gabel had 1,790 votes (15.35 percent), John Sauer had 1,607 (13.78 percent), and Derek Jensen had 1,124 (9.64 percent). There were 124 write-in votes (1.06 percent).

According to the Linn-Mar website, a short ceremony will take place during the board's next scheduled meeting, to be held on September 25, 2017.

The three new members will join incumbents Tim Isenberg, George AbouAssaly Sondra Nelson and Clark Weaver.

The public is invited to attend.

Linn-Mar Bond


The $80 million Linn-Mar bond referendum failed, despite a majority (52.80 percent) of the voters casting a "yes" vote. A total of 60 percent of the voters needed to vote in favor of the bond issue for it to pass.

The Times received this formal statement from the district on Monday morning, September 18:

"The Linn-Mar Community School District was disappointed to learn the outcome of the bond vote. The school district would like to thank those who supported and voted in favor of the plan.

"Under the direction of a new board of education, the school district will regroup and re-evaluate the facilities and grade-restructuring plan. We will then move forward to strategically address increasing enrollment and class size, both immediately and long term."

A message from Superintendent Quintin Shepherd is available for viewing on the Linn-Mar website. And official election results are now available on the Linn County Auditor's website.
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