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Butte school winners

Kelly Lee (left) and Quinton Queer

Kelly Lee and Quinton Queer won seats on the Butte School District No. 1 Board of Trustees Tuesday night, according to unofficial returns.

They were among three people running for two seats, the other being Christy Zimpel.

Lee, a firefighter with the Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department, got 2,712 votes to win one seat. Queer, a training center coordinator for Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 41, got 2,605 votes to win the other.

Zimpel, a clinical manager and registered nurse with Highlands Hospice, finished with 2,469 votes. The tallies must be certified before they are official but results typically hold up, Dennis Clague, business administrator for Butte Schools, said Wednesday morning.

The two trustees who held the seats, J.P. Gallagher and Kelly Howery, did not seek re-election. School board elections are held every spring as each of the eight trustees' three-year terms are staggered.

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The May ballot was also supposed to include candidates for the two-year high school trustee seat up for re-election, but no one filed paperwork to run for the position currently held by Jay LeProwse.

Clague said the district will soon put a notice in the newspaper to inform people the high school seat is open. Anyone interested and qualified will be asked to submit a letter of interest, Clague said, and the Board of Trustees will interview and select one.

Butte Schools did not have any maintenance or operation levies on the ballot Tuesday. In November, voters overwhelmingly approved a $35 bond to improve security in district elementary schools and to improve East Middle School’s 61-year-old interior.

Anaconda School District No. 10 did not hold a school board election Tuesday because the two incumbent trustees up for re-election, Jaime Valentini and Blake Hempstead, were the only two who filed to run.

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