February 10, 2016

Recall petitioners tell board signatures are collected, request resignations


STANDISH — Enough signatures have been gathered to put the recall of four Standish-Sterling Board of Education members on a May election ballot.

Petitioners made the announcement publicly before the board at its regular meeting held Dec. 14.

Kim Hadd, a Standish resident and Standish-Sterling parent who has been spearheading the petition drive, announced during the public comment period of the board meeting that the recall required 989 signatures to be gathered in 90 days, and the signatures were collected within 30 days.

“I will continue collecting signatures to cover for a margin of error,” Hadd said.

Brandon Dickhausen, a Standish-Sterling graduate and parent, was looking for immediate action, however, when he addressed the board Monday.

“In order to save the district money for the price of this recall election, I am respectfully asking for your resignation effective immediately,” he said. He also addressed Superintendent Michael Dodge, saying he reacts by being “defensive” when questioned. Dickhausen also requested Dodge’s resignation.

Arenac County Clerk Ricky Rockwell said the deadline to file the signatures is next month.

“If they turn them in on or before the 29th of January, it will be a May election,” Rockwell said. He added signatures would also have to be certified.

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