Newcomers win Ames School Board seats

The Ames School Board will swear in a trio of newcomers next month after Tuesday's elections.  Monic Behnken was the top voter getter with nearly 30 percent approval. Jamet Colton was second at just over 23 percent, while third-place finisher Gina Perez got 21 percent of the vote. Incumbent Tim Rasmussen failed to win a second term on the board with just over 17 percent of the vote.  Ames voters also gave overwhelming support to a ten-year renewal of the district's Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.  86 percent of voters gave the PPEL fund another decade.  Administrators say that fund means about $4 million to the district's bottom line every year.