With all of the action focused on the Luther Town Board filing this week, it’s time to remember these are the final days of campaigning before an important school board election.
Luther School District voters will choose between incumbent Matt Mohr and Tony Rumpl for a seat on the Luther School Board. Early voting begins Thursday, and the election is Tuesday, February 14.
Rumpl has been actively campaigning and tells The Luther Register he has been honored and humbled by the support he has received while campaigning in town and throughout the community. A first-time candidate, he said he even received enough campaign support to take care of the costs of his campaign signs and other campaign materials.
Rumpl, a highway patrol trooper, said he is interested in improving communication between the school board and the public, and bringing more transparency and openness in the budget and financial accountability. He said he is most concerned with ensuring all students receive the best education possible.
Mohr, the current board president, said he opted against campaign signs and invited anyone to attend the board meetings to listen to his position on issues. The next meeting is on “election eve,” Monday, February 13, 2017.
A third candidate, Gerald McCauley is not campaigning but his name will appear on the ballot.
The school board will be tasked with hiring a new superintendent and is currently accepting applications. Embattled Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Buxton announced his resignation in December.
An issue that will remain unresolved before the election is the state audit. The State Auditor and Inspector’s Office says it needs a few more weeks to complete. The investigative audit is the result of a 2015 citizen’s petition that alleged financial mismanagement and misspending of bond funds, among other things. Of course, the SAI’s office will not speak to any of those allegations before the audit is published, perhaps by the end of this month.
The Luther Register will broadcast Monday’s school board meeting on Facebook Live. We will also provide election results Tuesday night, along with live coverage of the Town Board meeting also that night!
Gerald is NOT campaigning as he h as given his support and asked his supporters to vote for Tony Rumpl for this seat. The flyer that is available for Tony states this.