Three of five board seats on May ballot will be contested

Two people filed Monday for Ann Jacks' vacant Beaverton School Board position.

Aloha residents Sarah A. Smith and Denise Ann von Nagy had filed for the school board's Zone 4 position with Washington County's elections division.

Candidates will be on the May 15 special election ballot.

Smith is a former psychology teacher who has been a member of the school district's health cadre, a committee chairwoman for the Hiteon Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, a local school committee member for Mountain View Middle School and a parent adviser for the adoption of math and language curricula.

Von Nagy is a parent volunteer for Hazeldale and Terra Linda elmentary schools and a member of Beaverton's chapter of Stand for Children. She also was a member of the steering committee for the school district's 2006 construction bond campaign.

Resignation confusion

Jacks resigned March 13, but her formal resignation wasn't accepted by the board until March 16, following a week of questions regarding how to fill the slot.

After consulting with state and local elections officials, the district determined that the interested applicants have 10 days to file after the board officially accepted Jacks' resignation.

'I'd just like to say that this has been a very confusing situation,' said School Board member Karen Cunningham.

Jacks told the board March 12 that she was resigning to spend two months aboard a new sailboat she and her husband had recently purchased.

At that same meeting, Jacks gave conflicting messages about wanting to serve in her board position until June.

News of Jacks' departure came as a shock to some board members with many hearing of it through a Web site, BSD Math. Adoption of the current math curriculum has been the point of contention among some parents.

During last Friday's meeting, all board members except Craig Irwin accepted Jacks' resignation. Contacted later, Irwin said his dissenting vote was a protest about the process.

'I've been concerned that this has been a calculated attempt to create a vacancy at the last minute,' Irwin said of Jacks' departure. 'I just don't think that's fair and equitable to the community at large.'

Irwin believes community members don't take running for the school board lightly.

'Nobody knew that Ann was going to do this except this small group of people,' said Irwin, referring to the BSD Math group. 'I've always been concerned with groups or candidates with a narrow agenda.'

Turner withdraws

In addition to Jacks' resignation, both Chuck Meyer and Board Chairwoman Priscilla Turner said they would not seek re-election.

Meyer made his announcement at the regular board meeting. Turner, who had originally filed for re-election, withdrew her application on March 14.

'I just gave it a lot of thought and thought it was time to give someone else that opportunity (to serve),' said Turner, who has been a board member for eight years. 'I felt it was just about the right time.'

Turner said she was contacted by two people interested in the seat shortly after she filed for re-election. Turner said she was comfortable removing her name from the ballot after Mary Vanderweele filed.

Excluding Zone 4, here's a list of who's filed for the May board election:

-Zone 2: Tom Quillin, an Intel engineer, appointed to the board in September to replace the late board chairman, Mike Osborne.

-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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