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Low voter turn out Millages adopted, board members selected

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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 9:56 am

Of the 11,717 voters in Mena, Ouachita and Cossatot school districts, 71 ballots were cast in the school election held Tuesday, September 19.

"That is the typical turn out for a school election," said Terri Harrison, Polk County Clerk. "It is a very low voter turn out."

Beginning next year, school districts will be required to place ballot items in the primary or general elections, according to a state law passed in the last legislative session.

School officials have commented it may help reduce the cost of holding an election for school districts and increase voter participation.

The results from the general school election are:

Mena School Board Position 1, Todd Aynes, ran unopposed and received six votes.

Mena School Board position 2, Robert Hines, ran unopposed and received six votes.

ORSD (Ouachita River School District) Z1 Board Position, Jason Neugent,  ran unopposed and received five votes.

ORSD Z5 Board Position,  Annette Hays, received 22 votes to the six votes cast for Robby Strother.

ORSD Z6 Board Position, Lana Philpot  ran unopposed and received 12 votes

ORSD Z7 Board Position,  C. Eugene Monk ran unopposed and received seven votes.

CRSD (Cossatot River School District) Z1 Board Position, Mark Duggan ran unopposed and received one vote.

CRSD Z3 Board Position, Brian Rusty Youngblood, did not receive any votes.

The board may nominate an individual to serve as member until the position can be elected.

CRSD Z7 Board Position, Debra R. White ran unopposed and received one vote.

Mena's 35.9 mill school tax renewed, with five voters in favor, while one voter was against the tax.

Ouachita River's 31.3 mill school tax renewed, with 42 votes for and 18 votes against.

Cossatot's 44.0 mill school tax will be maintained after a tie vote of one for and one against failed to secure the majority vote needed to upset the existing tax.

There are 7,935 in the Mena School District, 1,646 in the Ouachita River School District and 2,136 in Cossatot River School District.

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