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Stillson Elementary

Portions of Stillson Elementary School date back to 1930, and it is the oldest elementary in the Chippewa Falls School District. This file photo is from Aug. 19, 2016.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, four candidates have filed to run for two open seats on the Chippewa Falls Area United School District school board in April’s election.

Incumbent Pat Allen, current school board treasurer, will run again. Staish Buchner, who worked for the Chippewa Falls school district as a principal and administrator for many years before serving on the school board, has filed non-candidacy papers and will not run in 2018.

Buchner and Allen were first elected in 2012. Both ran again and won, with no opposition, in 2015.

Allen will be joined on the ballot by three other challengers. Sharon McIlquham, Steven J. Olson and Ross Spitz have all filed candidacy paperwork with the administration before the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday.

Spitz was unsuccessful in running for a school board seat in April 2017, in an election won by incumbents Pete Lehmann and Amy Mason. McIlquham was one of nine people applying in 2015 for a vacant school board that was filled by Kathy Strecker.

The school board race—not to mention a referendum costing up to $65 million that would pay for a new Stillson Elementary—will be on a crowded April 2018 ballot. The school board has yet to finalize the wording of the referendum, and is expected to vote on the final draft at a January board meeting.

The spring 2018 election will be held Tuesday, April 3. If needed, a primary will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20.

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Chippewa Herald reporter

Sarah Seifert reports for the Chippewa Herald. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at

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