Banks defeats Monk for District One School Board

There will be a few new faces on local school boards following Tuesday’s general election.

WYo-schoolsThe School District No. 1 Board of Trustees will have a new chairman with the defeat of incumbent Dave Monk by Dave Banks. Banks received 510 votes to 406 for Monk to win the designated Cowley seat on the board.

Banks won four of the six precincts in the district, carrying Cowley 173-159, Byron 148-58, Deaver 41-23 and Frannie 36-28. Banks also received 19 votes in the portion of the district that lies in Park County to five for Monk.

Monk carried Otto 42-15 and Burlington 91-78.

Former board member Ed Riding, who was appointed to the District 1 board after Jim Thomas moved away, was elected to the school board by winning a three-way race for the Byron seat on the board. Riding received 359 votes to 270 for Michelle Hoyt and 230 for Alan Bair. Riding carried three of the six precincts but large vote totals in Cowley and Burlington carried him to victory. Bair carried Byron, Hoyt Deaver and Frannie.

At large board members Koleen Sponsel of Cowley and Paul Rasmussen of Burlington were re-elected Tuesday, fending off a challenge from former Frannie mayor Jack Cordner. Sponsel received 620 votes, Rasmussen 596. Cordner garnered 187 votes.

Tricia Aagard was unopposed for the Burlington seat on the board.

District Two

Incumbents Bruce Jolley and Marianne Grant were re-elected to the Lovell School Board Tuesday with 771 and 740 votes, respectively, and will be joined on the board by Danny Jolley, who outpolled Mel McArthur 725-676 for the third seat up for election Tuesday, replacing longtime board member Judy Richards, who did not seek re-election.

Hospital board

All four incumbents on the Lovell Hospital Board were unopposed in Tuesday’s general. Linda NeVille and Bruce Wacker were re-elected to their at-large seats, William Camp to the Deaver-Frannie seat on the board and Brett Crosby to the Byron-Cowley seat on the board.

Dueane Calvin, Verna Hawkins, Loretta Tippetts, Barbara Walker and Ron McClure were re-elected to the North Senior Citizens Service District Board.

Tax levies

North Big Horn County voters approved three tax measures Tuesday. Those going to the polls overwhelmingly approved continuing the one-mill levy to fund the North Senior Citizens Service District. The measure carried 1,535-359.

Also approved once again was the three-mill levy to fund the North Big Horn Hospital District. Voters approved the levy 1,283-599.

The 2 percent Lovell Lodging Tax was renewed by voters 499-224.

By David Peck