Six applicants vie for Boise trustee’s vacancy

Six people have applied for an opening on the Boise school board.

The applicant list includes Boise’s fire chief, and one of the three unsuccessful candidates from trustee elections earlier this month.

Here is the list of applicants (Click on the names to read applications and resumes):

Dennis Doan. In his application, Doan says his experience as fire chief gives him valuable experience in labor negotiations, and working relationships with city, county and state leaders. “Providing services like the dual language immersion program continues to remove barriers to learning and helps integrate students and families into our community,” Doan wrote.

Mary Kemp. A grassroots manager for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Kemp has also coached track and cross country at Boise High School for 15 years. She is also a former science teacher. In her application, she said all students deserve access to early education and a “well-rounded education experience,” regardless of their neighborhood.

Krista McIntyre. A partner with Stoel Rives, a Boise law firm, McIntyre formerly worked as an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. She says innovations in gifted and talented programs, mastery-based education and the humanities could help the Boise district sustain enrollment.

Rob Pangaro. A business operations manager at Boise State University, Pangaro worked for the Boise district in 2015 and 2016 as an interventionist, working with students with academic or behavioral issues. Pangaro cited his experience with at-risk youth in his application. “Students need a great advocate and that is exactly what I would be.”

Brett Shelton. Since 2013, Shelton has filled several roles at Boise State; he is a department head and professor of educational technology, and is co-director of Boise State’s eSports program. In his application, Shelton cites his budget management experience and his background in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.

Jim Tooman. Since 2015, Tooman has served several capacities with Friends of Children and Families, the Treasure Valley’s Head Start program. He says expansion of pre-kindergarten should be one of the district’s top priorities. On Sept. 4, Tooman finished sixth in the six-way race for three seats on the school board.

Trustees will interview the six candidates, starting at 4 p.m. Monday at district offices, 8169 W. Victory Road. Finalists will come back for followup meetings at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The final step comes at the board’s Oct. 8 meeting, when finalists make a presentation, and trustees vote for a successor.

The appointee will serve through September 2020, completing the remainder of Doug Park’s six-year term. Park resigned days after the September elections.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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