Special school elections slated for Tuesday in W-G, DMACC districts

Voters in the Woodward-Granger Community School District will elect a school board member for the first district, decide whether to extend the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) for 10 years and choose a DMACC District 2 director.

A pair of special school elections will be held Tuesday, Sept. 13. Voters in the Woodward-Granger Community School District will have three decisions to make, and voters in the Perry Community School District will have one.

Troy Janssen
Troy W. Janssen

In the first place, Woodward-Granger Community School District (WGCSD) voters will choose a new school board member for Director District 1. Troy W. Janssen is running unopposed for reelection to the Director District 1 seat.

W-G voters will also decide whether to extend for another 10 years the physical plant and equipment levy (PPEL). Extending the levy is expected to provide the district with an estimated $3.5 million to $5 million in infrastructure funds through 2028.

The WGCSD currently funds its plant-and-equipment needs through a school board-approved PPEL in the amount of $0.33 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and a voter-approved PPEL in the amount of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The voter-approved levy is set to expire in 2018. Tuesday’s ballot proposition gives voters in the WGCSD the opportunity to renew the expiring PPEL of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for another 10 years.

According to the WGCSD district website, “When added to existing funds, the district will be able to undertake a significant remodel of current buildings and the updating of additional facilities for use by district activities and community organizations.”

The PPEL first received voter approval in 2008 and has funded WGCSD school infrastructure, buses and other needs. Tuesday’s vote does not ask the district’s voters for a new tax but asks them to extend the plant-and-equipment levy until 2028.

More information on the PPEL can be found on the WGCSD website. An image of the WGCSD sample ballot is available here and at the Dallas County Auditor’s website.

Polls for Tuesday’s special school elections will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters are reminded they must vote in the precinct where they live. There are two polling places for the WGCSD election:

  1. Woodward-United Methodist Church
    108 W. Fifth St. in Woodward
  2. Granger-Emmanuel United Methodist Church
    1910 Locust St. in Granger
Tuesday’s special election will choose a director for DMACC District 2, which includes much of the Perry area.

Tuesday voters in the Perry Community School District will join with WGCSD voters — along with all the other voters in the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Director District 2 — in choosing a new director for the second district.

Fred Greiner, president and chief operating officer of Fareway Stores Inc., is running unopposed in the race.

Greiner was appointed in June to serve out the term on the DMACC Board of Trustees Greiner of longtime DMACC Trustee Dr. Wayne Rouse, who died after serving on the board for 21 years.

An image of the sample DMACC ballot is available here and at the Dallas County Auditor’s website.

Polling in Perry for the DMACC election will occur at the Perry Public Safety Building at 908 Willis Ave. in Perry.

The full DMACC area includes all or most portions of Audubon, Boone, Carroll, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story and Warren counties and parts of 11 adjacent counties. It encompasses 6,560 square miles or about 11 percent of the land area of the state and about 20 percent of the state’s population.

The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) was created in 1966. It was originally called Merged Area XI, and some central Iowans recall when it was popularly known as Area Eleven. The district, which takes in 11 percent of the state’s area, is governed by a nine-member board of directors.


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