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School board changes coming

Noreen wants to stay, Hekker wants in, Lowry getting out

So far, two candidates have filed for two open seats on the Sherwood School Board.

Incumbent Kevin Noreen has filed again to run for his Position 1 seat and Sue Hekker is seeking the Position 5 seat, currently held by Wayne Lowry, who is not seeking another term.

Noreen, who is finishing up his first four-year term, serves on the Legislative Policy Committee and the Governance Committee for the Oregon School Boards Association. He is development review coordinator for the Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development.

Hekker most recently served as chairwoman of the Care for Kids campaign, an advocacy group that pushed for the passage of the successful Nov. 7 school bond.

Lowry, who spent eight years on the board, said the last of his seven children graduated from the Sherwood School District two years ago and he thinks it's time for someone else to take his or her turn.

"I've had a great time and I've really enjoyed it," said Lowry.

Superintendent Dan Jamison praised Lowry for all his work over the years.

"Wayne is a person who modeled integrity both professionally and personally," said Jamison. "His expertise in public finance is unparalleled and his commitment to the children in the community is exemplary."

Candidates have until March 15 to apply for open seats for the May election. There are five positions total on the Sherwood School Board. Two terms expire this year, and three terms expire in 2009.

For more information, visit the county's Web site, www.co.washington.or.us.

-Ray Pitz