School board position open |

School board position open

by Andy Bourelle

Residents living in the Kingsbury Grade area who are interested in being on the Douglas County School District Board of Trustees need not wait until the 2000 election.

Former school board member Mary Bennington, whose term officially expired yesterday, has moved out of the school district’s area three, and the board is looking for someone to fill her seat.

“She certainly has been a wonderful board member for the six years she’s been here,” said Superintendent Pendery Clark. “But somehow we always seem to find good people, and hopefully we can get an excellent replacement.”

Those interested in the position need first to contact the school district office to make sure they live in the area. Seven areas in Douglas County comprise the district, and area three includes the Kingsbury Grade area at Lake Tahoe and southern part of Lake Tahoe. An exact description of the boundaries is available at the school district’s office.

Interested residents then need to write a letter of interest to the district office by June 12. The school district will send a questionnaire, with four questions, back to the interested individuals. A special meeting is scheduled June 24, and the remaining six members of the board will interview potential members and vote to appoint a new member at that time.

Qualifications include residency in the area and being a qualified elector.

The appointed person will fill the seat until the 2000 election, when he or she may run for the office.

Letters of interest should be sent to the Board of Trustees or the Superintendent’s Office, P.O. Box 1888, Minden, 89423. For more information, residents may call the district office at 782-5134.

At the May 20 board meeting, Clark said, Bennington was presented with a plaque and congratulated for the time and energy she gave to the board. Bennington and her husband are both employed in the Carson Valley, and they plan to build a home in the Foothill area.

Bennington said she enjoyed her time on the board and is sad to be leaving.

“It’s kind of a labor of love. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it,” she said. “I’m just really pleased with the amount of progress we’ve made with the strategic plan. I think the district’s moving in the right direction, and I hope that continues. And I really enjoyed my time on the board.”

Bennington said she has not ruled out the possibility of running in the area she is moving to, if the current board member ever decides to leave.

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