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Six vying to fill Osbornes vacant School Board seat

Six Beaverton-area residents have tossed their hats in the ring in hopes of becoming the newest member of the Beaverton School Board.

The Zone 2 board position covers the northwest portion of the district. It was held by the late-Mike Osborne, who died in May of complications related to strep pneumonia.

Osborne was the board chairman at the time of his death.

Potential new members include Barclay Burns, chairman of Learning.com, a software learning and teaching site; Doug Michel, an Intel operations manager; Tom Quillin, an Intel ecosystem development manager; Dawn Bonder, who owns her own consulting firm; Jim Kinnier, vice president and product line general manager for Sage Software of Beaverton; and Lesly L. Sanocki, who most recently worked as a research associate for the Center for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente.

Bonder unsuccessfully challenged Osborne in the 2005 election for the board seat.

School Board members will interview candidates during an Aug. 24 work session planned at the Jenkins Estate in Aloha.

District spokeswoman Maureen Wheeler said the board will hold five- to seven-minute interviews with each candidate. All six already have submitted letters of interest and resumes.

The board will make an appointment at its Sept. 11 meeting. The new person will serve until May 2007, when an election will be held to fill the remaining two years of Osborne's term, which expires in June 2009.