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Innis wins race

Thursday, September 25, 2003

Staff Writers

Incumbent Mike Innis of Salem was re-elected to the Salem School Board with 88 votes, while his opponent, John Emery, received 68 votes.

Innis, his wife, Denice, and two children, Jennifer, 19, and Michael, 16, have lived in Salem for the past 24 years.

Innis has been employed as a technician for Salem Cablevision for 23 years. He does trouble shooting for the cable company and makes service calls to customers.

Denice has ben employed at Fulton County Hospital for 27 years. Jennifer is a student at Arkansas State University's Mountain Home campus. Michael is a junior at Salem High School.

Innis graduated in 1974 from AA Stagg High School outside of Chicago. He has served on the board for 11 years. Since being appointed he said he has tried to base his votes on what is best for the students of Salem.

Innis said his experience will benefit the board with the turmoil (school consolidation) looming over area schools.

Innis said he opposes school consolidation because Salem schools are doing well and consolidation would not benefit the schools. He said Salem schools scored in the upper percentile on the Stanford Achievement Tests and Benchmark Exams.

John Walsh of Mammoth Spring was elected to the uncontested Position 3 in the Mammoth Spring School District Board of Education.

Max Ray Shrable of Gepp was elected to the uncontested Position 3 in the Viola School District Board of Education.

Izard County voters in the Izard County Consolidated School District shot down the the single-member zoning proposal Sept. 16.Voters resoundingly defeated the proposal to rezone the district with 488 opposing votes to 214 for.Incumbent Julia Burns of Wiseman was re-elected with 463 votes against Rick Womack's 225 votes.Unopposed candidate Matthew Orf of Oxford received 434 votes for Position 6.

Calico Rock School District ousted incumbent John Belken (98 votes) and elected Danny Moser with 311 votes.Calico Rock's voters passed a millage increase to meet Amendment 74 with 216 votes supporting and 186 opposing votes.

Danny Taylor of Melbourne was elected to the uncontested position on the Melbourne School District Board of Education.Melbourne voters supported a millage request to comply with Amendment 74.

Jeff Mynatt was elected to the uncontested Mount Pleasant School District Board of Education, and patrons passed the board's millage request.

Highland School District voters approved the school board's request to restructure the school's millage by shifting a portion of its debt service to maintenance and operation.

Of the district voters, 717 voted for the measure while 142 voted against.

Prior to the Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling in the Lake View School District case in 2002, about two of every three school districts in the state -- including Highland -- used a surplus portion of bonded indebtedness for part of the 25 mills required by the state to be designated to maintenance and operation. In the Lake View decision, the court said this is no longer allowed, leaving districts to seek voter approval for the full 25 mills for maintenance and operation. If the voters had rejected the restructuring, the county quorum court would have been forced by the Supreme Court ruling to raise the millage, Highland Superintendent Ronnie Brogdon said.

Of the 28.3 mills in the Highland school district, 20.23 went for maintenance and operation. The vote allowed the district to shift an additional 4.77 mills from debt service to maintenance and operation, leaving the total millage unchanged.

The district's bonded indebtedness was set to expire in 2007 and additional construction is needed to accommodate a growth in enrollment experienced during the past several years. The district approved the issuance of new bonds which would extend the debt service to 2023, generating an estimated $2.4 million.

With that money, Brogdon said the district hopes to fund a new 60-foot by 100-foot physical activity room complete with restrooms and storage at Cherokee Elementary School and add two restrooms and an additional classroom to the fourth grade wing. Four more classrooms could be built at the high school with an additional classroom and a science laboratory at the middle school. An addition to the band building at the high school will provide more space in the main band room and add individual practice rooms. The kitchen equipment at the elementary and high schools could be refurbished along with the science rooms at the high school including the purchase of new lab equipment. The high school will also be reroofed and more of the parking lot will be paved.

In the school board elections, Danny L. Seward defeated Dr. George W. Jackson for the Position 1 three-year unexpired term vacated by Joel King by a vote of 448 to 402. Unopposed incumbent Sandra Murphy was re-elected to her Position 2 Old Ash Flat seat with 401 votes. Position 2 Old Hardy seat unopposed incumbent Dawana Goings was re-elected with 378 votes.

A new state statute allows school districts to not have polling places for uncontested races, according to the Sharp County Clerk's Office. Voters in the districts can participate in early voting or send in absentee ballots. Because of the new law, school board hopefuls from Cave City, Evening Shade and Williford were re-elected without receiving any votes.

In Cave City, school board hopeful Donald Simmons won the Position 3 seat.

In Evening Shade, Jeff Eddy will take the Position 5 five-year term.

In Williford, Stephanie Chapps will take the Position 3 five-year term. Jim Rutledge will hold a one-year unexpired term for Position 4. Voters also approved a debt restructuring for maintenance and operation with a vote of 3-0 in early voting.

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