For the second time this year, a group unhappy with the Williams County Public School District No. 8 school board has unseated a member.
Myles Fisher lost Tuesday, Nov. 3, to Dennis Nehring 291 votes to 370, with four write-in votes. Nehring will fill the remaining three years of Fisher's term.
Fisher was first elected to the board in 2019. He was a strong supporter of cooperation with Williston Public School District No. 1.
The petition to recall Fisher was filed by a committee of five people, including former District 8 school board President Jennifer Jorgenson. The chairwoman is listed as Catherine Cartier, and the other members are David V. Truckner, Jorgenson, Glen Clark and Charles Cartier.
On the petition, the reason given for Fisher’s recall is “Breach of Fiduciary Duty.”
The election is the second recall election of the year for the district. In February, board president Chris Jundt and board member Sarah Williams won seats in a recall election. They beat out Penny Soiseth and Curtis Sullivan, who were, respectively, board president and vice president at the time.
Jundt, who is now the president of the school board, led that petition drive.
Much of the dispute is around the future of District 8. Jundt supported talks with Williston Public School District No. 1 about a reorganization or dissolution.
In June, both boards voted to pursue reorganization negotiations. A Williams County Commission approved the plan in September and the North Dakota Board of Public Education approved it in October.
Tuesday's recall election comes a little more than a month before the Dec. 8 election where voters in District 8 and District 1 will choose whether to approve a plan to reorganize the two districts.
The reorganization plan, if approved, would take effect July 1, 2021. In order to pass a majority of voters in both districts must vote for the plan.