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Reorganization Vote Set For Tuesday For Graettinger, Terril School Patrons

By Staff | Nov 28, 2008

Patrons of the Graettinger and Terril Community School districts will make a trip to the polls next Tuesday, Dec. 2, to decide the fate of a proposed reorganization of the two school districts into one. Polls for the special reorganization election will be open from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Graettinger Public Library and the Terril Public Library.

The vote is the final step in a process that began earlier this year when several patrons of the two districts began a petition drive to call for a reorganization vote. After obtaining the requisite number of signatures, the petitions were presented to the Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency, which set up a public hearing for objections to the proposal.

That hearing, held Oct. 2 in Terril, saw the Prairie Lakes Board reject all of the objections to the proposed reorganization, clearing the way for the Dec. 2 public vote.

Currently, the Terril and Graettinger districts are conducting a whole-grade sharing arrangement, which expires in 2012. If the reorganization vote is affirmative, the two districts will become the Graettinger/Terril Community School District, effective July 1, 2010.

All patrons of the two districts are urged to turn out and vote,” noted Superintendent Dan Mart at a public information meeting held recently. “If a person cannot vote in person, they may request an absentee ballot from their respective county auditor’s office in the county they live in.”

For voters in Palo Alto County, absentee ballots may also be cast in person at the Palo Alto County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and due to the Thanksgiving holiday, absentee ballots may also be voted at the Palo Alto County Courthouse from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Voters in the other counties included in the Graettinger and Terril Districts, including Emmet, Clay and Dickinson Counties, should contact their local county auditor for more information.

Passage of the reorganization proposal requires a simple majority plus one vote of votes cast in each district.