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News: 06/01/2018

Seat opening on Kenwood School board

Election will be in November



One of the three school board seats up for election this year will be vacant with the retirement of Virginie Boone from the five-seat governing body of the Kenwood Elementary School District. Incumbents Susan Reiter and Fran Threewit intend to run again. President Pat Alexander and board member Robin Stoecker are not up for re-election until 2020.

“Virginie has been a great supporter of the school,” said District Superintendent and Principal Bob Bales. “I’m sorry to lose her. She has been an outstanding trustee and has had a profound effect on building a successful vision for the future of our school district.”

The board certified the Nov. 6 general ballot election at their May meeting. Board members serve for four years; elections are staggered with three members up one election cycle and two the next.

Anyone interested in running for the board should talk to Bales first to get a good grounding on what the job entails. The nomination period opens on July 16 and closes on Aug. 10, according to the County Registrar’s office. There might be a charge for the candidate’s election statement to be printed in the election manual.

“I would like to invite any parents and/or community members who may be interested in serving,” Bales wrote in the recent school newsletter sent to parents.

The Board meets once a month for a public meeting in the school library. Its three main functions are to establish district policy, monitor the budget, and work with the Superintendent. Meetings are typically held the second Thursday of each month with open session at 4 or 4:30 p.m., depending on whether the board needs to hold a closed session. There is no meeting in the month of July. Upcoming board meetings are listed on the District Calendar.

The main qualification is that you must reside within the boundaries of the Kenwood School district attendance area and be at least 18 years old. You can find out if you are in the district at the County Registrar of Voters at vote.sonoma-county.org or call 565-6800.

To make an appointment contact district/school secretary Suzanne Borgert at 833-2500, or email bbales@kenwoodschool.org.



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