Kelly Smith, Published December 07 2009
School boards gear up for electionsIt’s six months away, but people are already preparing for June school elections when a majority of Fargo and West Fargo school board members will be up for re-election.
Recently, parent Kristen Wallman kicked off her campaign for one of five Fargo School Board positions that will be on the ballot June 8.
“I have a passion for education and kids’ issues,” she said this week. “I just feel like I have a lot of skills that I could bring to (the school board).”
On the Fargo School Board, board members:
On the West Fargo School Board:
Fargo board members receive $12,000 a year, while West Fargo board members receive $3,000 a year. Both are four-year terms.
The deadline to file for public office for the June 8 election is April 9.
It may seem like a ways off, but Wallman, a mother of two Fargo elementary students, has already attended several recent Fargo School Board meetings to observe the process.
“I feel like I would be an asset to the school board,” said Wallman, a volunteer for the Region V Children’s Services Coordinating Committee and co-founder of the Red River Valley Asperger Network. “I think I would be a great voice for people who don’t have the representation that they should have.”
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