Kodiak Daily Mirror - School board calls for new member
School board calls for new member
by Peter J Mladineo
Jul 03, 2014 | 124 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education is seeking candidates for the board to fill in for Todd Hailey, who resigned from the board to move off-island.

Those interested in finishing out Hailey’s term on the board, through October, need to submit letters of interest by July 14 at 5 p.m.

Interviews for the school board post will happen at a special work session on July 21 with appointment happening later that evening.

“On June 21 they will hold a work session before that meeting and will ask interview questions of whoever applies. Then they go into executive session and decide to appoint one of those individuals,” Superintendent Stewart McDonald told the Mirror.

Since the post is a fill-in through October, he or she will need to run again in the November election.

McDonald reports that the board hopes to get as many qualified candidates as it can.

“I would like to think that people still believe in local governance and strong local school boards to govern their local school districts,” McDonald said. “In a day and age when we are constantly under the pressure of federal and state challenges to that control, having a broad spectrum of local candidates that represent the community is essential. It’s the last and best way to have as much voice in the local school as you can.”

He added that he expects that qualified people to enter into the race.

“I’ve watched this process several times before… I think the result each time has been a very effective one and I don’t expect this to be any different,” McDonald said.

Citizens interested in serving on the School Board should submit a letter of interest to:

Marci Stelzer, Administrative Assistant, Kodiak Island Borough School District, Borough Building Room 118, 722 Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, AK 99615. Or send email to mstelzer01@kibsd.org.

In other school board news, the board scheduled a work session on July 7 to discuss a $56,300 career and technical education plan implementation grant from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“This competitive grant will support career and technical education programs and assist with upgrading facilities and equipment and to provide for professional development,” the board said in a statement.

The session happens at 7 p.m. in the conference room.

Contact Peter J. Mladineo at editor@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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