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Freedom School bond election fails

• Shelite wins seat on town board


September 16, 2021

For the third time, Freedom school district voters failed to pass a school bond proposal. In Tuesday, Sept. 14, voting, 58.02 percent voted in favor with 41.98 percent against. A 60 percent majority is needed for passage. Of the 162 people voting Tuesday, 94 voted in favor and 68 against.

After the first bond proposal failed, the list of improvements was split into two separate propositions with the hope that voters might at least pass one. Those were rejected. The most recent proposal for $350,000 was pared down to replace exterior windows, demolish and replace the gym floor, and install a wheelchair-viewing space in the gym.

In another special election Tuesday for the Town of Freedom, two candidates for Trustee No. 3 were on the ballot. Michelle Shelite garnered 52.8 percent of the vote to edge Shad Brackin who received 47.13 percent. Shelite had 46 votes while Brackin had 41. A simple majority is required.

When the two tied in the April election, a runoff was required. Brackin continued to serve on the town board until he decided to resign a couple of months ago. Now Shelite will fill the vacant spot on the board.

These are preliminary election results. The election will not be certified until 5 p.m. on Friday allowing time for protests to be filed.


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