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Castimore wins school board seat

Posted: October 1, 2013 - 11:55pm  |  Updated: October 2, 2013 - 12:12am

Tuesday’s voters cast ballots to elect community members to fill Kenai Peninsula School Board seats.

Daniel J. Castimore and D. Shawn Hutchings were vying for the three-year terms representing the Kalifornsky Beach area.

An unofficial ballot count Tuesday night had Castimore leading with 54 percent of the vote, with absentee ballots still to be counted.

Late Tuesday evening he said the 10 percent lead he had — 53 votes — looked positive.

“I am fairly confident,” he said. “I feel very excited. I look forward to serving the members of our community.”

Castimore, an IT manager for the City of Kenai, said he wants to make sure that students are prepared for life, rather than just being prepared for college. He said the focus should get back to the “meat and potatoes” of education, rather than placing such a focus on standardized testing.

He is familiar with local schools. He is a 1998 Nikiski Middle Senior graduate, later attending Kenai Peninsula College’s AAS Process Technology program. Both his parents retired as teachers from the district and his wife, Sarah, has substituted with KPBSD.

“I think that I could bring the perspective of a younger population. I think that board members should be parents of students, whether current, past, present or future,” he said.

He said he hopes to assist in the upcoming transition and reconfiguration of Soldotna’s secondary schools. He has been in attendance at the Advisory Committee meetings

“That is going to be the biggest issue for (the board) right now,” he said.

As for changes, Castimore said he would like to see the board use modern technology for communication during meetings with Homer and Seward.

“I would like to see the district expand access to the board meetings using technology such as web video streaming, and video conferencing,” he said.

He said he was thankful for his voters and felt that his opponent did a good job on his campaign.

He said his plans to celebrate Tuesday potential win was to simply turn in.

“It is late, I am going to bed,” he said.

In other areas of the borough, incumbents won uncontested races.

Sunni Hilts was elected to a fourth term for the South Peninsula District 9. Hilts resides in Seldovia and is a mother of five children. She is also the president elect for the Association of Alaska School Boards.

Lynn Hohl ran for a third term for the East Peninsula District 9.

She is a current member of the Alaska Parent Teacher Association and the Seward Parent Teacher Student Association.

 

Reach Sara Hardan at sara.hardan@peninsulaclarion.com.

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