Five vie for empty seat

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education will meet in a special session today to select a representative for Kenai.

The board will pick from five candidates who applied after the deadline was extended at the last school board meeting because no one had yet applied for the District 2 seat.

The seat came open earlier in the month when Margaret Gilman was elected to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Applicants for the Kenai seat will be interviewed at noon today and the successful applicant will be seated at a special board meeting at 1 p.m. in the Borough Building on Binkley Street in Soldotna.

The five who applied are Howard Dorsey, William Hatch, Gwen Johnson, Ross Kendall and Jon Walters, all of Kenai.

Dorsey listed his qualifications for the position as having had a child attend school within the school district in the past and expecting to have grandchildren attend in the future.

Hatch, who has a master's degree in education from the University of Virginia, has had 30 years experience in education, including teaching grades four through high school.

Johnson has served on a number of boards, including the Seward Little League, her church council and the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club. In her application, she said her first priority would be to lower the pupil-to-teacher ratio.

Kendall listed one of his priorities as improving education for vocational-bound students, as well as the college-bound.

Walters, who is pastor of Kenai United Methodist Church of the New Covenant, has an extensive history on the Kenai Peninsula serving on boards ranging from the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, to the Peace with Justice Program, to the Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse to the Community Action Coalition for Prevention, a group formed to combat prescription drug abuse on the peninsula.

The noon work session and the special meeting are open to the public.

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