School board member decides not to run again
As the filing deadline for school board candidates nears, Kathryn Adair announced that she will not run again. She currently represents district five of the Park City School District which covers Olympic Park, Lower Pinebrook/Ranch estates, Timberline and Summit Park.
Adair’s work hours have been increasing, she teaches online college courses and also does some consulting.
"I decided not to run because I don’t feel I can continue to commit the tremendous amount of time and energy that is required for the position," Adair said.
A "light" week as a school board member usually entails about eight hours of emails and phone calls. In addition to attending regular meetings, members are asked to be on a myriad of committees, to get involved with several parent groups and be engaged with the state legislature.
But Adair doesn’t want to deter potential candidates.
"I don’t want to discourage anyone, especially someone who might work in some kind of profession, from running," she said.
Adair said the work has been highly rewarding for her, and she has enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community. She originally ran for the school board after retiring from health care management and felt she could offer the perspective of both a parent and businesswoman.
"I think that I have been able to bring my business background to the table. I’m somewhat known as the fiscal Scrooge on the board and I think that’s served us well," Adair said.
People commonly believe they have to be parents to be involved on the school board, she said and added the district has an annual operating budget of more than $30 million giving taxpayers in Park City a vested interest in the district.
"Regardless of your background, experiences and skills you can bring something to the table that affects 4,300 kids and their families," she said.
The district four seat is also up for reelection. Incumbent Kim Carson has announced she will run for another 4-year term. However, other interested candidates can file to run against her. That district covers Silver Creek/Red Hawk, Spring Creek/Jeremy Ranch, Southridge/Old Jeremy Ranch.
People interested in running for the school board must file for election with the Summit County Clerk before March 17. At the time of filing the individual must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the respective district, a qualified and registered voter in the district and filing must be non-partisan.
If you have any questions call Kathryn Adair at: 645-0819 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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