Primaries to select board candidates
Primaries will be held on June 24 to determine candidates for districts in two of the local school boards. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All school board positions are non-partisan while the rest of the primary voting will be held as a closed primary on Republican Party lines. Voters must be registered in the indicated precincts to select their representatives for each district.
The candidates running for the Park City School Board are:
District 3 (Park Meadows)
Tony Gerd Holmsen Aguilar
Two candidates will be selected from the above to run on the November ballot. This race will be the only Park City district on the ballot during the primaries next week.
Running unopposed on the November ballot will be:
District 1 (Deer Valley)
Dictrict 2 (Prospector)
District 5 (Pinebrook South)
Both Lisa Kirchenheiter and Michael Boyle are running for reelection.
For the South Summit School Board the following two districts will hold primaries to determine the two candidates for November:
District 1 (Francis and Woodland)
D. Deloy Bisel Jr.
District 2 (Oakley)
Matthew G. Leavitt
Kendell "Tiny" Woolstenhulme
Deby A. Anderson
There will be no primary in District 3 (Kamas). Candidates Rex Mitchell Craig Hicken will appear on the November ballot.
Below are a few statements submitted by available candidates summarizing their life experiences and their hopes for each position.
Park City District 1
I have been a full time resident of Park City for the past three years and a part timer for twenty. I have been married to my wife Cindy for eighteen years, and we have two children. Chris and Caitlin both attend McPolin Elementary and will be in the fourth and second grade next year. I spent most of my adult life in the international financial markets, living both in the U.S. and abroad in Japan and Hong Kong.
I am running for the school board because I feel that the PCSD is undergoing a new phase in its growth and that I can bring some skills and expertise that will be beneficial.
We have to raise the bar for all our students and prepare them for the challenges they will face in the future. I realize that "No Child Left Behind" has created a tremendous burden on schools across the country. I would like to explore different forms of public and private sector collaboration to address some of the programs we are losing. We live in a tremendous community and we need to use all of the existing assets in order to reach the level of excellence we are capable of achieving.
Park City District 3
Tony Gerd Holmsen-Aguilar
I am a retired teacher of 40 years. My entire career has been spent in public education. I have taught K-8 and ESL, been a principal, and directed a district home school program. I have over 25 years of educational experience at the legislative level, representing both the CTA and NEA.
For the past 4 years, I have been a volunteer at McPolin in my grandchildren’s classes. I am impressed with the educational opportunities here in Park City and would like to use my background to further enhance these opportunities for all children in the district. A school board needs to be balanced to include parents, the business community and educators.
Art has lived in Park City for the past 18 years. He was born in New York, and lived in California before coming to Utah. He married his wife, Carolee, 25 years ago this summer. They are the parents of six children, three of whom have graduated from Park City High (the other three are still winding their way through school). He worked in telecom management and finance for a number of years and has an Executive MBA earned through Fairleigh Dickenson’s campuses in New Jersey and England. He speaks German fluently along with a smattering of French and Dutch. He is an avid reader and enjoys skiing with his family. He currently owns and runs a small real estate brokerage with offices in Salt Lake City and Park City. He believes that education works best when children are the primary focus of our programs. He hopes to continue to support and defend Park City’s commitment to excellence in education with creative and fiscally sound solutions designed to serve the students, the taxpayers and teachers in a way that will elevate our district to the top ten in the nation.
Bransford is a fifth generation property owner in Park City and formerly a resident of New York, New York ; Doylestown, Pennsylvania and Flemington, New Jersey. She has been educated at Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College. Her three children have spent nearly 40,000 hours in 4 of the 8 schools in PCSD. She also has an expertise in reviewing budgets, RFP’s, and negotiating contracts. Specifically she is interested in eliminating drugs and alcohol trafficking and revamping Web sites to include parent blogs, live programming and more. She would like to hire business people to teach part time or guest lecture. Additionally, she hopes to make affordable housing for district employees available. In summary, she promises to be an open minded, solution-oriented and decisive School Board member.
South Summit District 1
I would like to be a member of the South Summit School Board to contribute to the ongoing growth and development of an already very strong education system.
My background includes the following: Elementary School Teacher, Elementary School Principal, Secondary School Principal, Superintendent of Public Schools, and four years experience as an educator in a foreign country. The total years as a professional educator at several years spans 44 years.
I have great interest in assisting in the development of considered and judgmentally sound education programs for our students, staff members, and increased involvement by parents in our school system
I would appreciate your consideration, and ask for your vote in the upcoming primary election. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org .
South Summit District 2
Deby A. Anderson
I am grateful for the opportunity to run for a seat on the South Summit School Board. I feel like we all have a responsibility to give back to our country, communities and families which is one reason I have chosen to run for school board. I am an alumnus of South Summit and have chosen to raise my family in the same community. I have three children one in each of the three schools and I have always tried to be very involved in their education. I, like all parents, want the best education possible for my children. I would like to see the parents, teachers, and students come together to work to understand each other so that we can improve our education. I want all the children that attend South Summit to feel accepted and heard and when their time at South Summit is over they will feel good about the education they have received and be able to move forward with whatever there dreams are. I may be emailed at: email@example.com .
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