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Incumbents Larry Rasch and Elizabeth Ferriter defeated challengers to return to their seats on the Jefferson High School and Montana City School boards of trustees. 

Rasch, of Clancy, defeated Sarah Brown, earning 1,465 votes to her 763, according to Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Bonnie Ramey. 

With 2,520 ballots received in that race, Rasch won with 58 percent of the vote. There were 14 write-ins, five who voted for more than one candidate, and 273 who did not vote for either candidate, according to Ramey. 

Rasch is an at-large trustee and will serve a three-year term on the Jefferson High School Board of Trustees. He has served as a trustee for the school since 2012. 

Ferriter, who has been on the Montana City Board of Trustees for more than 15 years, earned 851 votes to challenger Patricia Spencer’s 315. Ferriter won with 65 percent of the vote out of a total of 1,305 ballots received in that race, according to Ramey.

Of the total ballots, there were five write-ins and 134 who did not vote for either candidate, according to Ramey.

Voters also approved a $63,092 general fund operating increase for the Montana City School, with 759 voting in favor and 524 against. 

The amount represents 7.47 mills, according to the ballot. 

The money will be used to add teaching staff to ensure there are three full-time teachers at each grade level for a growing enrollment, add mental health services staff and replace outdated K-8 curriculum materials, according to information provided by the Montana City School District. 

The tax increase on a house with a market value of $200,000 would be $20.61 a year, according to the ballot. 

Because the school anticipates paying off a bond in June, property owners will likely see their tax bill for the school go down by about $41 a year on a house valued at $200,000, according to the Montana City School District.

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