Barring a write-in candidate, the May 15 election to fill two open positions for the Tigard-Tualatin School Board will be 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. He was first elected in 2003.

'I'm excited about the future of the Tigard-Tualatin School District,' Rutkin said about why he chose to run for a second term.

Lowering class sizes and extending full-day kindergarten to schools throughout the district are just some of the issues Rutkin said he would like to see the board pursue in the next few years.

Director Conde Bartlett has decided not to run for re-election to her No. 4 position. After hearing that Bartlett wouldn't seek a second term, newcomer Jill Zurschmeide decided to throw her hat in the ring.

Tualatin resident 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.

With a growing interest in volunteering with the school district, Zurschmeide called running for the school board the next 'natural step.'

Zurschmeide said she would like to continue many of the goals that the school board has already recognized including going to Salem to visit legislators to talk about school issues.

And at least two issues Zurschmeide would like to pursue are a longer school year and changing the district's school buses to run on biodiesel.

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