The Kodiak Island Borough School Board will see one new face this year since incumbent Peggy Rauwolf decided not to run for another term.
Debra Kirk and incumbent Norm Wooten are the only two people running for the two open seats in Tuesday’s school board election.
Kirk said she is qualified for the position from years of involvement in Kodiak’s schools as a parent.
“I’ve been involved with the parent teacher associations in my kids’ schools since they first started, and it’s been an interest of mine to see how the school process works,” Kirk said.
Over the years Kirk has served on the PTAs at North Star Elementary, Kodiak Middle and Kodiak High schools. She has two sons who have gone through the district; one graduated and one is at Kodiak Middle School. She has also attended school board meetings as an interested parent.
Kirk has been a Kodiak resident for 22 years.
“I think Kodiak is a great place for kids to grow up and that’s the biggest reason I’m running,” she said. “I’m looking forward to the experience.”
Incumbent Norm Wooten, 65, is a 44-year Kodiak resident. He has served on the school board for 22 years, and works as the director for Quality Schools Quality Students Association of Alaska.
“I think I still have something to offer and my passion hasn’t diminished at all,” Wooten said. “I live, breathe, and eat education whether it’s as a volunteer, school board member or through my career.”
During his last term Wooten supported the push for the Kodiak High School expansion. He said making sure the project is moving along is a priority for him.
“We’ve worked very hard to try to mitigate the cost to property owners in the community,” Wooten said. “We’ve been pretty successful in attaining additional funds and we need to continue that process and see legislatively what we can do.”
Wooten also supports the district’s attempts to create 21st century classrooms by replacing and adding computers in Kodiak schools.
“I am completely on board for technology upgrades,” he said. “I don’t see it as optional anymore. Every one of us uses varying degrees of technology in the work we do. How can we shortchange our kids?”
Both candidates will serve a three-year term ending in 2015.