Five compete for three school board seats

The Juneau School District Board of Education, more commonly referred to as the school board, has either two or three of its seven seats up for election every year.

This year, there are three seats up, and there are five candidates vying to fill them.

Incumbents Andrea “Andi” Story, the board’s vice president, and Phyllis Carlson are running for reelection. Both have served on the board since 2003 and are seeking their fourth consecutive three-year terms.

Mark Choate decided not to run for a third term, citing other commitments.

Former school board member Destiny Sargeant, who served from 2007 to 2010, was the second candidate after Story to file for election. She was followed by Michelle Johnston, who formerly sat on the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences’ Academic Policy Committee in Ketchikan, and Will Muldoon, who ran unsuccessfully for school board in 2003, while he was still in high school.

Unlike members of the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly, school board members are not term-limited. They can serve as many consecutive three-year terms as the voters will allow. They are also not running for specific seats on the school board. Rather, the top three vote-getters will be elected to serve on the board together.

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