Voters in Hamilton said no Tuesday to two requests to raise money for the school district.

Unofficial final returns showed a $253,314 mill levy request failed by a 635-539 count. A $273,340 building reserve request went down by similar numbers, 638-536.

The Hamilton School Board race featured two incumbents, Susan Senn and Roy Grant, running uncontested for two open school board seats. Senn earned 825 votes and Grant picked up 740.

The trend of school board incumbents going down to defeat Tuesday, which knocked longtime Missoula trustees Mike Kupilik and Jan Guffin out of office, also carried over to the Florence-Carlton School District.

Three-year incumbent trustee Shari Edwards went down to a narrow defeat in a four-way tussle for two open seats in Florence, where children from Missoula and Ravalli counties attend classes.

In unofficial final results, Edwards finished third with 153 votes, losing to newcomers Denise Person, who led the way with 196 votes, and Lonnie Wallace, who finished with 159. B.T. Lubinski finished fourth with 117 votes.

Perhaps of more interest to Florence-area residents is a $7.9 million bond issue election that is being conducted by mail-in balloting. If approved, the bond issue would pay for the construction of a new 60,000-square foot K-5 school that would serve up to 500 pupils. The results of the bond election will be tallied on May 22.

In the Victor School District, newcomers Michael Helling and Sherri William Gaudin easily outdistanced Jon Wemple in a race for two three-year terms on the school board. Helling tallied 142 votes, Gaudin finished with 139 and Wemple ended up a distant third with 54 votes.

Final results from the Stevensville School District, where mill levy and trustee elections were under way, were unavailable at press time.

In Stevensville, voters were being called on to decide the fate of a $235,820 elementary mill levy and an $84,792 high school mill levy. Four newcomers, Greg Chilcott, Neil Packer, Rita Tate and Chris Welters, were vying for two open three-year terms on the school board.

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