John King during the Kyrene School District Governing Board candidates debate on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

Age: 64

City: Phoenix (Ahwatukee)

Campaign info: or call (480) 331-4555

Why are you running for the Kyrene School board?

I want to see things continue to move forward. Things are changing in the community, and we are starting to see those things affect us in many different ways. I have a business background and an education background, and I think that I can mold those together in such a way to enhance the board.

As a board member, I would have more ability than I have as a citizen to take to the board and to the district and say “I have an idea, here’s how I think we implement it.” I always try to bring logic to a set situation.

I don’t want to diminish the quality of our school district — I think it is an excellent school district — but it’s going to take some innovative thought process and some new fresh ideas to bring this along.


What do you believe are the most prominent issues in the near future?

Compensation is an issue. There’s a real issue about retention of qualified people in the district. There were comparison studies done, and are somewhat outdated. Because of the economy in the last few years, it is difficult to take a study from three years ago. It is irrelevant to use that data because of the economic struggles we’ve had.

What I heard, without them actually saying it was: “We want to raise taxes.” What I heard the board say was “wait, we need to look at this.” It’s not that anybody is opposed to taking care of the teachers. We need to take care of how we handle the classrooms. The classrooms include teachers and the materials they need to teach. I’m saying: let’s take a look at this and see if we can’t be clever.


If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be?



How does this word play in to how you would act as a governing board member?

I’m kind of like a diamond in the rough. I have all these different skill sets that I bring to the table. I was an entertainer for a number of years, so I’m not afraid to speak in front of people, I have a good education.

From a professional perspective, I started late in life. I was in my 30’s before I got involved with corporate, and I started as a programmer for a bank. And I aspired to the level of executive vice president and chief information officer. I didn’t get there because I am a good looking guy, but I got there because I make things happen. I always focus on getting things done.

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