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School board will interview applciants for open seats

by Merrie Leininger

The Douglas County School District received eight letters of interest for two trustees’ seats, including an application from Randy Wallstrum who decided he wants to stay on the board.

Diane McCoy’s seat in area 4 drew four applications. In addition to Wallstrum, three others applied for the area 7 seat.

Wallstrum has held the seat since 1991. He did not run in the last election, but neither did anyone else, leaving the seat vacant as of Dec. 31.

He asked the rest of the school board to reinstate him to the four-year position in a letter turned into the district one day before the Nov. 25 application deadline.

Other people who wrote letters of intent for area 7 are:

n Pete Ziebell of Gardnerville, is a real estate broker with a background in education.

Ziebell holds a master’s degree in education and was dean of students at a Chicago-area high school.

He has lived in the Gardnerville area for 22 years and has been a real estate broker for 20 years. He has served on the board of Realtors as director of the board, chairman of the grievance committee and member of the education committee. He is married and has two adopted boys.

n Keith Roman of Minden, has been a resident of the Carson Valley for 33 years and has three sons, one who is a junior at Douglas High School.

He has previously been a Douglas High School teacher and coach. He was athletic director for three years and has served on several school district committees as well as the Minden Town Board and the parks and recreation board.

He is now a substitute teacher for the district and coaches freshman football for DHS.

n Willie Edwards has lived in the Valley since 1988 with his wife, Karen, and two children who are still in school.

Edwards has been the state Tobacco Education and Information Officer for the state Health Division since 1994. He is currently working toward his doctor of education in curriculum & instruction in reading at the University of Nevada, Reno.

He serves on many international reading associations and state tobacco control and education associations.

Those seeking to replace Diane McCoy are:

n John Raker is a State Farm Insurance agent and resident of the Carson Valley for five years.

He is on the board of directors for the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and past president of the Carson Valley Sertoma Club.

Raker also has served on the multi-track calender committee and the principal selection committee for C.C. Meneley, where his son attends school. He also has a daughter in the 7th grade at Pau-Wa-Lu.

n Barbara Clark has been a resident of Gardnerville since 1991. She is working toward an elementary school teacher certificate and is the at-home mother of her two children who attend Pau-Wa-Lu and C.C. Meneley.

She is a PFAC parent-teacher representative at C.C. Meneley and a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club of Carson City.

n Ronald Telles, who has lived in the Ranchos since 1993, is the chief financial officer of the Carson-Tahoe Hospital Healthcare System and sits on three state healthcare boards.

He has three children in C.C. Meneley Elementary School.

n Randy Green has been a Douglas County resident since 1976 and is a teacher at Douglas High School. He is also a parent of two daughters, one a DHS graduate, and the other a DHS senior.

District Superintendent Pendery Clark said there is a Nevada statute that prohibits teachers under contract to a school district from being on the board of trustees.

She said the district’s lawyer has sent a letter to Green informing him that he must resign his teaching position if he decides to pursue the position on the board.

The school board will meet 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Carson Valley Middle School to interview the applicants for area 4. At 5 p.m., applicants will be interviewed for area 7.

Clark said the board members will probably make their selections that evening. The interviews are open to the public.

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