Recall signatures valid
TRENTON, Nebraska -- Petition circulators have obtained enough valid signatures to force recall elections for three Hitchcock County, Nebraska, Public Schools board of education members.
County Clerk Margaret Pollmann said this morning that her office finished certifying signatures Wednesday, and she notified school board members Mike Baker, Larry Ferguson and Gary Matson and school superintendent Mike Apple of the results by certified mail.
Petition circulators needed to get valid signatures from at least 175 registered voters on each of the three petitions.
The school board must now schedule the election within 30 to 45 days of the notification. Pollmann said the earliest the election can happen is Nov. 8.
The election will cost the school district approximately $5,000 for ballot printing, publication notices and wages for poll workers.
Earlier this year, a $7.4 million Hitchcock County school bond issue passed by 15 votes.