Two open seats draw several contenders on May ballot

Beaverton-area residents interested in applying for Beaverton School Board member Ann Jacks' Zone 4 seat will have a single day to do so. Jacks resigned this week after almost a decade on the board. Because the lateness of the resignation - those filing for other four open seats had a Thursday deadline -- the district consulted state officials regarding what state law dictates.

After receiving several different answers, the district was told that interested board members have 10 days to file after the board accepts Jacks' resignation, expected today. However, the only day applicants may actually file is March 26, the last day of the filing period, according to Maureen Wheeler, district spokeswoman.

The week began with Jacks announcing at a school board meeting that she would resign her position. It continued with announcements that two other board members would not file for re-election.

Chuck Meyer is calling it quits after 13 years on the board and Priscilla Turner, the board's chairwoman, withdrew her application on Wednesday. Meyer serves in Zone 7; Turner in Zone 3. Zone 2 and Zone 4 seats are for two-year terms, the remainder are for four years.

Here's a list of who's filed for the May 15 board election:

--Zone 2: Tom Quillin, an Intel engineer, appointed to the board in September.

--Zone 3: Bob Shook, executive director of the Arc of Multnomah-Clackamas; Mary VanderWeele, an attorney for Nike; and Narendar B. Sahgal, a manager at Intel.

--Zone 6: Jeff Hicks, appointed in June 2005, is a consultant for a writing/assessment business that caters to teachers.

--Zone 7: Keith Kern, semi-retired with a background as an entrepreneur and in engineering sales; Lisa Shultz, an application Engineer for Mentor Graphics; and Linda Degman, facilities planning manager for Portland Community College.

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