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Runoffs set in SDHSAA elections

A local superintendent is still in the running for a South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors seat.

Sanborn Central High School Superintendent Linda Whitney will face off with Tri-Valley High School Superintendent Mike Lodmel to represent the state's small school division in one of two upcoming runoff elections. The runoff elections are being held for the small and large school seats. In the runoff election, the candidates for each seat are narrowed to the top two vote-getters from the first election, and the state's school districts each have one vote in the two runoff races. The person who gets the most votes in the runoff election gets the seat.

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The winner's term would be through June 2016 and fill the term of Mike Ruth, of Miller, who resigned from the board earlier this year.

In the runoff election for the seat held by a school board member from a large school, Jim Hansen, of Rapid City, and Sandy Klatt, of Brandon Valley, will run. Mitchell Board of Education member Deb Olson was among seven candidates running for the large school spot before the field was narrowed with a runoff.

The large school seat will be for four years through June 2018. The seat was previously held by Aberdeen school board member Mike Miller, who died in March at age 52.

Each member school district will have one vote and ballots are due July 7.

Half of the SDHSAA board will consist of new members following the election. Steve Morford, principal at Spearfish High School and Roger Bordeaux, Todd County High School's superintendent are the other new members.