Six candidates have applied for an open position on the Gilbert Unified School District governing board. The post, which opened when Linda Rollans resigned in December, runs through December 2008. Candidates will be interviewed by a three-member panel of employees at the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools office.
They will report to Superintendent Sandra Dowling, who will make the appointment.
The applicants are:
He is 65, a real estate agent and a retired business owner. Burns’ children all graduated from Gilbert schools, and his grandchildren currently attend Gilbert schools.
Burns said the issues he considers priorities for the area are rapid growth in some spots and declining enrollment in others, inadequate funding for facilities and competitive teacher salaries.
Burns said his experience running a business and serving on homeowners associations boards would help him to effectively work with the Legislature and Gilbert board.
The 45-year-old has volunteered in Gilbert schools for the past 20 years and in the last six years has been a substitute in the district.
If she is appointed, she said she’ll have to give up substitute teaching.
“I felt it was really important to have people on the school board that are familiar with what’s going on in the schools, and I felt that I can offer that experience,” said Ferrin, whose children attend school in the district.
Ferrin said critical issues include growth in newer areas with declining enrollment in older areas and student safety.
Larsen also has children in the district and has served on parent and booster organizations and helped with fundraising.
Larsen, 47, works in computers, and said he wants to improve district policies so its business is carried out in a more cost-effective manner.
Having served on the Gilbert governing board from 1990 through 2002, Morrison, 55, believes her experience could help the district find solutions to issues such as curriculum and finances.
“It really is of benefit for the district at a time like this to have someone who can smoothly transition into being an effective board member,” said Morrison, who administers a private charitable foundation.
Lalley holds a college degree in education and works at the U.S. District Court of Arizona.
Lalley, 45, has been involved in volunteer activities including serving as president of his homeowners association.
Lalley said he has to do more research to determine what the issues are in Gilbert schools.
Adey, 35, is a teacher with the Tempe Elementary School District.
“I saw there was an opening and it sounded like a service I could provide in the community,” Adey said.
Adey said issues in Gilbert are similar to those facing other districts, including the mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind law and new state policies.