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Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2005 11:35 am | Updated: 10:00 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

It could be days to weeks before Kyrene Elementary School District parents know if they will get to vote on recalling governing board president Rae Waters.

Signatures turned in Tuesday to the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Department were more than needed but still must be validated.

Kyrene Community Leadership needs 7,230 valid signatures to call a March election, and turned in 9,473.

About 60 volunteers and three paid petitioners collected the signatures.

"I’m confident we have more than needed," said parent organizer Mckell Keeney, adding that she felt there was a lot of support for new leadership.

"It looks really good for us that we were able to do this in the summer time," she said.

Waters, though, said that many of those people signing the petitions were duped into thinking they were signing a petition to support the arts, rather than recall a school board member.

"I do know that there was misinformation being promoted by people carrying petitions," Waters said.

Parents organized a recall effort after the school board approved recommendations made by a community committee that some middle school electives including music classes, physical education and Spanish, be shortened in order to expand time on math, science and history.

Waters said many parents and teachers like the changes just implemented this school year, which allow students to continue taking band, orchestra, chorus and other electives, but also provide more time in key academic areas.

The parent group hopes to select a single candidate to run against Waters.

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