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Pipestone Area Schools recounts recent election

PIPESTONE — Despite a recount, the outcome of the Pipestone Area School District’s recent referendum did not change.

According to District 2689 Superintendent Kevin Enerson, a recount on whether or not to allow the school to increase its per-pupil operating levy was requested by an eligible voter. The recount took place at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The request to increase the per-pupil operating levy by $250 was rejected by a recount vote of 714 to 713. The original tally showed a rejection by a vote of 712 to 711.

The school’s per-pupil operating levy will remain at $1,198.26 per-pupil.

The district was seeking an increase in its per-pupil operating levy in order to help fund a second social worker, police resource officers, and career and technical programs, as well as provide preschool to all 4-year-olds in the district.

After the Nov. 7 election, Enerson said, despite the increase being rejected, the board of education will likely continue to pursue those student supports when it begins its budget process in January.

“I think a lot of those things are priorities, so we have to see what makes sense and what we want to do with our education program,” he said.

Alyssa Sobotka

Alyssa joined The Globe in July 2017 and covers education and crime beats. The Nebraska native earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In her own sarcastic tone, her blog, Aimlessly Navigating, recounts the reality, pitfalls and triumphs of a young 20-something navigating to maturity. Follow her on Twitter: @alyssasobotka