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A few more than half of the city council seats are on the ballot today in the city of La Crosse.
Voting outcome will insure that two new faces get seated on the council this month. That's because two districts--7 and 13--lack an incumbent. In a special election for district 7, former council member Jim Bloedorn and Justin Fons are vying to replace Mike Larsen, who quit the seat abruptly in the fall. In district 13, retired La Crosse firefighter Fran Formanek and current county board supervisor, Bill Brockmiller are hoping to replace longtime council member Bernie Maney who's retiring from the seat this year. In two races, incumbent council members may struggle to hold on to their seats. In district 15, challenger Doug Happel polled significantly better than incumbent Lorraine Decker in the February primary. Incumbent district 12 candidate Bruce Ranis, likewise got significantly fewer votes than one of his February primary opponents, Sara Sullivan. In districts 11, 16 and 17, incumbents Audrey Kader, Marilyn Wigdahl and Dick Swantz face no challengers
They range from kindergarten teachers to 4th grade teachers and teacher assistants. Just some of the positions that will become open in June......just in time for the new school year. The positions come from 16 resignations and retirements the Lacrosse School Board accepted last night. And as the board has accepted 59 so far this year....filling the open spots will take a little time.
Superintendent Jerry Kember says he expects between 40 and 50 retirements every year since Lacrosse does have a senior staff. And he admits he does expect more before the year's out due to the uncertainty coming out of Madison.
An upcoming recruitment fair will be attended by board members....and the question will be... does Lacrosse have what future employees want?! Kember says yes they do.
With a year left on his term as a Lacrosse school board member, long time board member Neil Duresky, announced at the end of last night's school board meeting......that he is resigning his seat effective April 25th. Duresky did not comment as to why the decision was made and left immediately after the meeting came to a close.
Board President Christine Claire told WIZM news that an appointment to the seat will have to me made after the 25th.......and whoever is chosen would take over the position for a one year term.
Coincidentally, Duresky is resigning the same day the 3 school board members that are elected today will be sworn into office.