A southwest Nebraska school board has rejected an attempt to force a recall vote on three of its members. The Hitchcock County school board voted 5-1 this week to not call a recall election, even though the county clerk has certified the signatures.
School attorney Karen Haase told The McCook Daily Gazette that that some signers claimed they were told the petition was to save an old school building, while others believed it was to lower their property taxes.
Haase says the man behind the petition, Shane Rippen, reportedly did not gather all of the signatures himself even though he signed the petition as the sole circulator.
Haase says she advised the school board members against calling the election to avoid possible lawsuits.