Morris, Van Slyke file for school board

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Bob Van Slyke and Julie Morris submitted their names as candidates for Juneau School Board this afternoon.

Morris, a special assistant to the director at the Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Public Assistance, said she is concerned about local students and the district's relationship with the Juneau Assembly.

"We are way behind schedule as far a building a new high school in the Valley. I consider that priority one," she said. "I'm really concerned about what the high school students are going to have to go through (at Juneau-Douglas High School) while it's all torn up and they're trying to renovate it."

Morris has five children and has worked as an activity therapist in the school district.

Van Slyke was interim superintendent of the Juneau School District from December 1991 to July 1992 and superintendent from June 1993 to July 1995.

"No one else had filed and I've had a long-term interest in the school district and I have grandchildren attending school in the district," he said. "And I just thought it would be a shame if no one ran."

The district's effort to build a second high school was one issue that drew him to the race, he said.

Filing for two seats on the Juneau School Board and three seats on the Juneau Assembly closes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. School board incumbents Deana Darnall and Carolyn Spalding said last week they won't run for re-election.

The local election is Oct. 1. The open seats have three-year terms.

In the race for the areawide seat on the Juneau Assembly, businessman Chuck Collins is running against incumbent Marc Wheeler. Incumbent Frankie Pillifant is running against Juneau Planning Commissioner Merrill Sanford for the District 1 seat. And Incumbent Don Etheridge is running against School Board member Stan Ridgeway and therapist Dixie Hood for the District 2 seat.

While Assembly candidates file for a seat based on where they live, Juneau residents can vote in all of the races.

Nominating petitions to run for local office are available at the city clerk's office and online at

Joanna Markell can be reached at

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