Meet the Park City School Board candidates |

Meet the Park City School Board candidates

Seat five in the Park City School District is up for grabs and reaching for it are three candidates who all filed shortly before the deadline on March 17.

District five covers Olympic Park, Lower Pinebook/Ranch Estates, Timberline and Summit Park.

Michael Boyle

Boyle currently serves as Operations Manager for the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District and is also the Secretary Treasurer of the Water Environment Association of Utah.

"I was actually asked to by an existing board member to consider it and this individual thought that my work experience and education and, hopefully, talents might lend themselves well to serving on the board," he said.

He would like to continue in the footsteps of Kathryn Adair who currently holds seat five and will be retiring from the board in December.

"I hope to continue the excellent work of Kathryn Adair, I’m a real fan of hers and she is such an asset to this community."

Another goal of his is to keep an open line of communication between himself and those he would serve if elected to the board.

"I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the school board, if indeed I’m elected, and can promise that my phone will always be open to calls, my ears would be wide open among my constituents to carry their concerns to the school board."

Charles Cunningham

Cunningham is a retired attorney. He moved to Park City three years ago from Dallas, Texas where he built a law firm and practiced business litigation for 25 years.

He says being in retirement allows him to commit the time and energy it would require to be on the school board. He is also invested in the quality of schools in the district because he has children attending elementary school, junior high and high school in PCSD.

"I’ve always been interested in school board issues," Cunningham said.

Cunningham’s wife served as school board president when they lived in Dallas. He said his fiscally conservative approach could be asset to Park City.

"I think one important thing is financial responsibility. It is critical for Park City to remain the top flight school district that it is," Cunningham said.

Karen Scott

Scott is a loan officer with Crescent Mortgage and has lived in the area since 1994. At the time she filed no one else had stepped forward and she did not want to see seat five an appointed position.

With two kids in local schools she has over 11 years of volunteer experience in the district. She has served on several committees, and been part of the Parent Teacher Organization for the elementary and middle schools.

"I see this as a continuation of my volunteering," Scott said of her decision to run for school board.

She added that her experience as a volunteer has familiarized her with school board responsibilities and she already knows the people she would be working with if elected.

"I can hit the ground running, I’m not going to spend the first year learning about everything. I’ve been there, done that," Scott said.

If elected to seat five Scott said she will to continue her service to the Park City Community.

"I hope to support the efforts of the school board, I hope to make decisions that will impact our students positively," she said.

With three people running for seat five there will be a primary election held on June 27. The winners will continue on to the general election in November.

Incumbent Kim Carson is running for seat four which covers Silver Creek/Red Hawk, Spring Creek/Jeremy Ranch and Southride/Old Jeremy Ranch.

Look for information about the North Summit School District and South Summit School District school board race in an upcoming edition.

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