WHOS FIT FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD?
UPDATE: Wednesday meeting canceled due to snow, Forest Grove panel draws eight candidates for two positions
Hear all that paper crinkling? That's the sound of the Forest Grove School Board perusing resumes and trying to pick a pair of new colleagues.
With volumes of application materials from eight aspirants to two open seats in their hands, board members Alisa Hampton, Fred Marble and Kate Grandusky will interview Jennifer Norman, John Hayes, Jeff Cooper, Brad Coffey, Karen O'Donnell, Jim Corbeau, John Minor and Gil Jimenez in three public sessions at the district administration office, 1728 Main St., and at Neil Armstrong Middle School, 1777 Mountain View Lane. The first of those meetings, set for Wednesday, was postponed Wednesday afternoon. Meetings are still scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
During a regular board meeting Monday, the trio will attempt to come to unanimous agreement on one or both appointees to fill out the terms of former board members Anna Tavera-Weller and Terry Howell, who were supposed to serve through June 2013 but were recalled by voters in November.
There's plenty of talent in the field: a college dean, a former international banker, a financial advisor, a former educator, a veterinarian and two moms who've racked up a wealth of volunteer experiences in district classrooms.
For a closer look at the candidates' responses to questions posed by the News-Times about local education issues, see article "Forest Grove hopefuls talk about politics, priorities, budget."