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Four school board seats open in La Crosse’s April election; four incumbents not running

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Candidates for the April elections in La Crosse have until next Tuesday to file nomination papers, including for four openings on the La Crosse School Board.

The La Crosse School District said all four of the board members whose seats are on the spring ballot have decided not to run.

Recently appointed board member Emily Mootz declared last week that she will not run to fill the remaining year of her term. Incumbents Brenda Leahy, Shaundel Spivey and Laurie Cooper Stoll also said they will not seek reelection.

That means four of the nine board members will be new after the election.

The last time that many new school board members were elected at one time in La Crosse was during the board recall campaign of 1992, which followed passage of a district-wide busing plan to achieve socioeconomic balance in the city schools.

One candidate, who has publicly announced for school board is La Crosse city council member Scott Neumeister. He will be giving up his La Crosse city council seat this spring.

Three of the seats are for three-year terms, while the Mootz seat is for just one year. Members are elected at-large. A February primary would be needed only if nine or more candidates make the ballot.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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