(L-R) Bob Klassen, Alicia Klassen, Akimel Principal Mike Deignan and Kyrene Governing Board president Beth Brizel smile at the positive results of the Kyrene and TUHSD override measures during the "Keep Kyrene Strong" election night event at Nabers in Chandler on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.

David Jolkovski

Kyrene School District will be hosting its Governing Board Candidate Overview tomorrow for community members interested in running for election.

Currently, there are two positions on the governing board open for election.

“Kyrene is fortunate to have such committed board members. Every two years there is an election for governing board seats, as the members of the team have staggered, four-year terms of office,” said Dr. David Schauer, superintendent for Kyrene.

During the overview, the governing board members will be reviewing legal documents that regulate how school boards operate in the state of Arizona; talk about board members legal powers, responsibilities, qualifications and ethics as well, said Ross Robb, governing board president.

“It’s a chance for community members who are considering or have decided to run for the board a chance to meet the superintendent, his staff and current board members,” Robb said.

The overview will also give community members the chance to gather information about volunteer opportunities across the district.

“Any community members that wish to attend will get a much better sense of the overall responsibilities and work involved in being a school board member at any district in our state,” Ross said. “We highly encourage anyone to attend even if they are not interested this year.”

Those who are elected to be part of the governing board will take on tasks such as thoughtful, well-informed decisions that will support all of Kyrene.

“There may be other volunteer opportunities to serve that would work better for them and be less of a commitment of time, but still important work,” Robb said. “We currently have a committee of citizens, parents and staff working on a School Boundary Committee; we have a group of committed volunteers on our Kyrene Citizens Advisory Council that assist us in reviewing budget matters before they go to the governing board and at the school level; and we have Site Councils that assist the principal with decisions that need to be made at a specific school site. I really like getting to know new people in our community who are willing to learn more about volunteer service. When our citizens care enough about education to get involved, we all can benefit greatly.”

The Governing Board Candidate Overview will take place Monday, May 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kyrene district office, 8700 S. Kyrene Road. For more information, visit www.kyrene.org.

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