SAUK RAPIDS — Four seats on the Sauk Rapids-Rice school board are up for election Nov. 3.
Board members Ryan Butkowski, Tracy Morse, Jan Solarz and Mark Hauck are all running for reelection. Sauk Rapids-Rice Youth Basketball Organization Treasurer Olivia Kolbe will be the only newcomer on the ballot.
It has been a productive two years for the district. Last November, voters passed a referendum to fund a rebuild of Pleasantview Elementary after two years of failed building referendums.
In February, the district held its first Business and Industry Summit, giving teachers and local companies a job fair-like day to strengthen ties and discuss what skills graduates should have to join the 21st century workforce.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required the board to work on short deadlines, closing out the previous school year with distance learning and preparing a plan to reopen for the next.
In July, new Superintendent