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School Board member says no to second term

Bob Smith will not seek re-election, Terri Burnette to run in his place

SmithThe Tigard-Tualatin School Board will have a new member following May’s election after current school board member Bob Smith announced that he will not seek a second term.

Smith told The Times on Monday that he would not run for re-election because he and his wife are considering a move to Washington. He said it wouldn’t be fair to voters to re-elect him, only to resign a few months later.

“I think it’s time for somebody else to get onto the board,” Smith said. “I spent four years here. They are good people and a great district.”

Smith’s seat is one of two open on the school board this May.

Also up for re-election is Jill Zurschmeide, who has filed to run for a third term.

Smith, who currently serves as vice-chairman of the school board, said he initially ran for his position in order to bring about more communication between the district and parents.

“I am very proud of the four years that I’ve been on the board,” he said. “Hopefully, I was able to do something good with my time.”

He said his greatest accomplishment on the school board was hiring Ernie Brown as superintendent; Brown previously served as a P.E. teacher, principal and administrator in the district before taking the top job in 2013.

“Hiring Ernie was a big plus for us,” Smith said.

Few people understand how tough a job being a school board member is, Smith said.

“People don’t realize that it’s not an easy job,” Smith said. “It takes a lot of time and commitment, and my hat’s off to people like Barry (Albertson, who has served on the school board for 14 years).”

Terri Burnette of Tigard has filed to run in Smith's open seat. Smith said that Burnette would make a great addition to the board.

“Terri is very involved with the district and has been for years,” Smith said. “I think she’ll be a great fit.”

This isn’t Burnette’s first foray into public service. She ran an unsuccessful campaign against Zurschmeide in 2011.

Burnette is currently running unopposed, but could face a challenger in the May election. The deadline to file for school board is March 19.


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