Johnson, Droegmiller elected to Okoboji School Board

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Photo by Seth Boyes

The public has voted and the two vacant seats on the Okoboji School Board will be filled. Candidates Juli Johnson and Brad Droegmiller will succeed Stacy Titterington and Jeff Nielsen. Both Titterington and Nielsen decided not to enter the race for reelection. Johnson and Droegmiller were elected with 367 and 168 votes respectively.

“I appreciate everybody that took the time to learn about the school board candidates, learn about me and got out to vote,” Johnson said.

Similarly, Droegmiller is excited to return to the board. Droegmiller previously served on the school board from 2010 to 2014.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the board again, working with Jul and the other board members and moving the school forward,” he said.

The two newly elected candidates hope to provide guidance to the district, as they serve on the board. Droegmiller said he plans to focus on financial management and efficient education for the students, using the facilities available. He said he would like to continue exploring the possibility of building additional school buildings in the future.

Johnson intends to focus on teamwork in the district as she familiarizes herself with the new role.

“I’m looking forward to delving deeper, learning about our school and supporting our teachers, administrators and students,” she said.

Both Johnson and Droegmiller said they look forward to working with one another. Johnson noted they attend the same church and she said she believes Droegmiller will be a good addition to the board.

Droegmiller is particularly glad to have Johnson on the board.

“Juli, with her accounting background, she brings a lot of value to the board,” he said, noting former board member Joe Conover provided a similar expertise on the board in years past.

GTRA votes bond down

A proposed $9.6 million bond referendum was voted down by members of the voting public in Terril. The proposed bond would have increased taxes by $2.70 per $1,000 of taxable property. The funds would have gone toward facility improvements in the district, such as secure entrances at the elementary and high school buildings, new classrooms and labs for several programs and a new gymnasium and locker rooms. The improvements to the gymnasium would potentially allow the district to host regional athletic events.


Unofficial Results


Shannon Anderson29 votes
Cheryl Gerdes Aumer161 votes
Brad Droegmiller 168 votes
Todd Gonnerman136 votes
Juli Johnson367 votes
Jamie Slipke138 votes
Daniel Winkowitsch83 votes


Voters considered a $9.61 million bond referendum for school district facility improvements, such as secure main entrances at the elementary and high school buildings, new classrooms and labs for industrial tech, agriculture and science as well as a new gymnasium and locker rooms. The issue required a 60 percent approval rating to pass.

No344 votes (42.68 percent)
Yes462 votes (57.32 percent)

Graettinger-Terril School Board

District 1 (vote for 1)

Mathew Hanson 631 votes

District 2

(vote for 1)

Tonya Feldhacker425 votes
Kyle M. Norris306 votes


(vote for 1 per district)

District 2 — Chad Robert Hibma28 votes
District 3 — Tim Harmon27 votes


(vote for 2)

Kerri McKim87 votes
Scott Trautman78 votes


(vote for 1)

Christopher Fuhrman125 votes
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