Boise set to appoint another trustee

The Boise School District’s Board of Trustees will interview and select a trustee on Monday to replace Janet Orndorff, who died in March after a battle with breast cancer.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at the District Service Center, 8169 West Victory Road.

The board has interviewed all 11 candidates. Each candidate will have a few minutes to make a statement on Monday. The board will then vote by ballot. In case of a tie, the board has the option to vote four times. If the board still can’t reach an agreement, the president will break the tie. The chosen candidate will be sworn in Monday and take his or her place with the board for the remainder of the meeting. The appointee will serve until the September 2014 board election.

This will be the second trustee named to the board this year. In February, Shauneen Grange replaced Rory Jones, a 26-year board member. Grange’s term also runs through September 2014.

Here are the candidates:

  • Becky Eldor — Family nurse practitioner.
  • Colleen Fellows — Member at large and chair of the Public Policy Committee Board of Governors, Idaho Association for the Education of  Young Children.
  • Luke Franklin — Meridian Education Association/Idaho Education Association Region 9 president.
  • Cecelia Gassner Economic development assistant to Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.
  • Karl Klein — Lawyer, Idaho attorney general’s office.
  • Brian Mitchell — Financial adviser.
  • John Owens — Has worked for the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Richard Padour — Retired educator.
  • Doug Park — Change management consultant.
  • Anthony Pori — Owner of The Math Advantage, LLC.
  • Gary Slee — Affiliate instructor for University of Idaho, retired Boise schools administrator
Most of the Boise School District’s seven-member board is relatively new.
In September, Derick O’Neill and Phil Kelly completed their terms and did not run again. They were replaced with Maria Greeley and Troy Rohn.
Joan Boren was elected in 2010 for a six-year term.  She replaced Bea Black, who had been on the board for 18 years. Nancy Gregory, an 11-year veteran of the board, will be up for reelection in September 2014. A.J. Balukoff, who has been on the board since 1997, will be up for reelection in 2018.