Board gets 4 applicants for trustee vacancy

West Ada School District trustees will interview the four candidates at their board meeting Tuesday night.

The four are seeking to replace the seat left open when Russell Joki, a trustee who had been facing recall in the May 17 election, resigned abruptly April 5. He was from Zone 5, in the central part of the school district.

Trustees could select a new trustee Tuesday, decide to seek more candidates or schedule a future special meeting to fill the opening.

The four candidates are:

▪  Heather Brundage, a part-time business data analyst for Merry Maids. “I have a strong understanding of business practices, accounting and corporate operations which will certainly help in making decisions for the large West Ada district,” she wrote in her application.

▪  Stacey Knudsen, a homemaker. “I believe that the most important responsibility of each board member is to the students of the district. I will work hard to maintain local control and wise spending practices,” she wrote.

▪  Rene Ozuna, an analytics consultant for Wells Fargo Insurance. “I believe in the importance of student achievement, quality instruction, fiscal responsibility, using data to make good decisions and maintaining employee, parent and patron involvement,” she wrote.

▪  Brian Sporleder, retired from the Idaho Department of Labor. “I have worked closely with the Workforce Development Council helping to bring education and business together in the pursuit of building career paths for our youth and meeting the demands of our growing economy,” he wrote.

Tuesday meeting

The board will meet at 6 p.m. April 26 at the district office, 1303 E. Central Drive in Meridian.

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