Test Scores, Bozeman High file

Students leave for lunch on Tuesday afternoon outside of Bozeman High School.

Gallatin County voters elected school board trustees and passed several tax measures in Tuesday’s school elections, including Bozeman’s $2 million-a-year levy for elementary building repairs.

Requests for property tax increases to operate the schools passed in the Bozeman, Big Sky, Anderson and LaMotte districts. Building repair levies passed in Bozeman, Big Sky and Monforton.

However voters in the Belgrade, Three Forks and Willow Creek school districts rejected raising taxes to operate the schools. Belgrade voters turned down two measures to raise taxes to pay for computers and other technology.

The Gallatin County elections office conducted the school elections by mail ballot and more than 19,600 ballots were returned.

Unofficial results showed that:

n Bozeman voters re-elected two incumbent trustees to three-year terms — Tanya Reinhardt with 7,437 votes and Andy Willett with 6,683 votes. Challenger Gary McGowan fell short with 2,552 votes.

n Bozeman voters passed the $115,000-a-year tax increase to operate the schools with 62% of the vote. The $2 million-a-year, six-year building repair levy, the largest issue on any Gallatin County school ballot, passed with 57% of the vote (6,613 yes to 4,989 no).

n Belgrade voters elected three elementary trustees — Steve Garvert (2,287 votes), Holly Murray (2,085) and Dee Batey (1,891) to three-year terms. Runner-up candidate was Renae Mattimoe (1,461 votes).

n Belgrade voters rejected a request to raise taxes in the elementary district by $700,000 a year to operate the schools with 58% voting no.

n Belgrade’s request to raise taxes for 10 years to pay for computers and other technology failed in the elementary district with 59% no votes and in the high school district with 57% voting no (1,925 yes to 2,517 no).

n Anderson School voters elected two trustees — Mary Burrows (306 votes) and Warren Bauder (300 votes) — to three-year terms. A request to raise taxes by $31,569 a year to operate the school passed with 59% of the vote.

n Big Sky voters elected one trustee, Loren Bough (409 votes) to a two-year term and two trustees — Scott Hammond (428 votes) and Whitney Littman (367) — to three-year terms. Runner-up Lander Bachert received 262 votes. The request for a $40,000 tax increase to operate the school passed with a 69% yes vote. Big Sky’s building repair levy passed with 60 percent.

n LaMotte School voters elected two trustees — Ken Miller (134 votes) and Edward Kronfuss (131) — to three-year terms. A request to raise taxes by $8,953 a year passed with 59% of the vote.

n Monforton School voters elected two trustees to three-year terms, with just four votes separating the No. 2 winner from the runner-up. Elected were Brett Megaard (263 votes) and Amy Free (216). Falling short were Sarah Baumgartner (212 votes), Dawn Lewis (178) and Lona Voigt (123). The request for a building repair levy of $20,000 a year for 10 years passed with 62% of the vote.

n Three Forks voters elected one elementary trustee, Stephene Kamerman (473 votes), to a three-year term. Candidate Robert Buchholz fell short with 307 votes. The request to raise taxes by $55,000 in the elementary district failed, receiving 51% no votes (454 yes to 477 no). The request for $55,000 in the high school district failed with 53% no votes (443 yes to 490 no).

n West Yellowstone voters elected one trustee, Liz Watt (221 votes) to a three-year term. Runner-up was Laura Dukes Hojem (130).

n Willow Creek voters elected one trustee, Wesley Crittenden (97 votes), who ran unopposed, to a three-year term. A request to raise elementary district taxes by $32,131 a year failed with 55% no votes (48 yes to 58 no).

Gail Schontzler can be reached at gails@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2633. Follow her on Twitter @gailnews.

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