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Tigard-Tualatin School District candidates unopposed

With Washington County voters' pamphlets and ballots scheduled to be mailed Friday, voters in Tigard and Tualatin will likely find some easy choices to fill the Tigard-Tualatin School Board.

Barring write-in candidates, the May 15 elections to fill two open positions on the board are uncontested.

Art Rutkin is running unopposed for re-election to his No. 2 position on the board. Rutkin, a retired schoolteacher and principal, is running for his second consecutive term on the board.

Rutkin said earlier this year that goals for his next term include lowering class sizes and extending full-day kindergarten to schools throughout the district.

Newcomer Jill Zurschmeide is running unopposed for the No. 4 position. Director Conde Bartlett decided not to run for re-election.

Zurschmeide, a professional editor, is a mother of a seventh-grader at Hazelbrook Middle School. She has served on site councils at Byrom Elementary and Hazelbrook and as PSO president at Byrom. She also currently serves on the district's Budget Committee.

As a newcomer to the board, Zurschmeide said earlier this year that she wanted to continue to focus on many of the same goals as the current board with at least two exceptions.

She would like to see a longer school year, and she would like to have discussions about converting the district's buses to run on biodiesel.