In unofficial results, Brenda Ollinger Croff, Robert “Smokey” Rides At The Door and Trudy Cassidy were elect-ed to the Browning Board of Trustees while voters in East Glacier Park chose Anthony DeCarlo and DeeAnna Leader and approved three additional measures on the ballot. The trustee positions in both Browning and East Glacier Park have three-year terms.
Brenda Ollinger Croff was the top vote getter in the Browning race, garnering 194 votes from Browning, 12 from Starr School and 19 from Babb for a total of 225. Robert “Smokey” Rides At The Door received 173 Browning votes, 11 from Starr School and 27 from Babb for 211, and Trudy Cassidy got 151 Browning votes, 11 from Starr School and 32 from Babb for 194. Maynard “Bear” Gallineaux had 116 from Browning, 16 from Starr School and 10 from Babb for 142, and Kimberly Ann Wippert got 66 Browning votes, five from Starr School and seven from Babb for 78.
In East Glacier Park, voters elected Anthony DeCarlo with 61 votes and DeeAnna Leader with 52. Kate Sako received 40 votes.
Voters there also approved a proposal to move $55,000 from the transportation fund to the “flex fund,” with a 70-17 majority. They also approved a “tech levy” by a 58-29 margin that will supply $28,350 per year for 10 years. Finally, vot-ers said yes by a 66-22 majori-ty to approve a building re-serve levy of $45,000.
District Clerk Joni Woldstad explained that school districts across Montana are faced with having to upgrade their com-puters and internet connections for their students to be able to take standardized tests. In the past, the state would mail out paper tests, but now all tests are done online, resulting in school districts going to the voters in hopes they will ap-prove the funding needed. Ac-quiring 20 laptop computers is among the improvements planned for this spring.
“The requirements are hit-ting everyone,” she said. “We appreciate the community sup-port we have here; the com-munity has always supported the school because it’s the cen-ter of our community.”