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Two apply for open Forest Grove School Board position

DEADLINE - Tuesday's the last day the district will take applications for Shawn Vilhauer's Position 3 seat

An Intel Corp. manager and a software engineer have formally applied for an open seat on the Forest Grove School Board.

Alisa J. Hampton and Elliot L Howard, both residents of Forest Grove, have turned in their applications to the district administration office.

Each would like the chance to fill out Shawn Vilhauer's term in Position 3. He resigned to pay more attention to work and family matters.

The board plans to interview applicants early next month and make a selection by April 21. The Position 3 term will commence on May 1 and expire on June 30, 2009.

Hampton, who works as a global college strategies manager for Intel Corp. in Hillsboro, is a member of the Tom McCall Upper Elementary School local school committee and has volunteered at Dilley Elementary School since 2001.

Hampton has three children enrolled in district schools. A fourth child is due to begin kindergarten next fall.

A 1983 graduate of Forest Grove High School, Hampton holds an MBA in international management from Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif.

She hopes to bring her skills 'linking big-picture strategies to effective operations through planning, management, communication and analysis' to the school board. Hampton also would like to see 'more active marketing to and proactive engagement with different community populations.'

Howard works as a software engineer for FEI Co., an analytical instruments firm in Hillsboro.

A resident of the school district for 10 years, he has a daughter in first-grade at Dilley Elementary School.

'I feel the board has not been completely responsive to students' and parents' concerns in the past,' Howard wrote in his application. 'I want to see more openness and cordiality in the process.'

He suggested starting a program in which parent volunteers ride district buses 'to monitor students' and providing an online forum 'for discussing concerns.'

Applications due

What: Applications for Forest Grove School Board's Position 1 seat are due April 1

Where: Pick one up at the district administration office, 1728 Main St., or online at www.fgsd.k12.or.us