It's still premature for candidates for the Juneau School Board to file applications with the city, but one incumbent has said he will run for re-election.
Alan Schorr, a member since 1991, said in an interview he will run again. School Board President Chuck Cohen, on the board since 1999, couldn't be reached immediately for comment on whether he'll run.
"I've been involved with the new high school for 10 years," Schorr said, referring to plans to build a high school at Dimond Park in the Mendenhall Valley. "I'd like to stay around and make sure this thing actually gets done."
Schorr said he's running to provide continuity on the board, and, he said, "I'd like to see the district stick with adhering to the (academic) standards and raise them."
Five of the seven seats will be open in the Oct. 7 election. Candidates can file completed nominating forms with the city from 8 a.m. Aug. 18 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28.
Three of the seats are for the usual three-year terms. Incumbent Daniel Peterson, completing his first term on the School Board, has said he will run for the Juneau Assembly.
One seat will be for two years to complete the term of Carl Brodersen, who resigned effective Sept. 17 to attend college in Washington state. Because his resignation is so close to the election, the board will not appoint anyone to serve in the interim.
Finally, one seat will be for one year. It completes the term of Stan Ridgeway, who was elected to the Assembly last year after serving one year of his second term on the School Board. The board appointed Paul Gulyas to serve from that point until the next regular election, which is this year.
Gulyas, who was an elected School Board member from 1993 to 1995 and an appointed member for part of 1999, said he will not run for the board this year.
"I think it's time for younger people," Gulyas, 73, said. "It's time for me to retire."
Candidates don't run for particular seats on the board. In the October election, the top three vote-getters will win the three-year seats; the fourth-highest vote-getter will earn the two-year term; and the fifth-highest vote-getter will complete the one-year term, City Clerk Laurie Sica said.
As of Friday, Schorr was the only Juneau School Board candidate to file with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
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