Prior to learning the final results of the Feb. 3 Instructional Support Levy (ISL) election, the Glenwood Board of Education authorized GCSD Superintendent Dr. Stan Sibley to initiate a formal recount of votes should he deem it to be in the best interest of the school district.
The school board gave its formal authorization to Sibley during its regular meeting Monday night.
School board members expressed confidence that the canvassing board’s ruling regarding an absentee ballot that was delivered to county auditor’s office three days after the election would provide passage of the levy. However, as a precautionary measure, the board authorized Sibley to act on the district’s behalf should the levy not pass. In addition to initiating a recount of votes, the district could consider taking legal action in dispute of the election results.
The authorization was given in a 4-1 vote. David Warren voted against the motion, saying he has concerns about how the district’s decision to protest the results would be perceived by the general public.
“It looks like sour grapes,” Warren said.
Board members Frank Overhue and Bill Agan said they believe a recount would be in order.
“I’d think the people who voted ‘Yes’ would want you to ask for a recount,” Overhue said.