Danedri Thompson
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Few faces will change on the Gardner Edgerton School District Board of Education following the spring 2011 election. Although four seats on the seven-member board are up for election in April, only one race is contested.
Incumbent Mary Herbert filed for re-election to continue representing GE patrons in Board District No. 2. The board district covers the southeastern portion of the USD 231, running east of Homestead Lane and south of 175th Street.
Herbert, who has served on the board for a number of terms, will face newcomer H. Clint Newell on the April 5 general election ballot.
In other races, incumbents Mark Grannell, running for the sole at-large position on the board; Tim Rayburn and James Repshire are running unopposed.
According to GE Superintendent Bill Gilhaus, school board members have a host of responsibilities.
They develop policies that ensure the school district continues to be progress, he explained.
“With that said, the job entails much, much more than that,” he said. “Our school board members spend a tremendous amount of time keeping informed about what’s going on in the district.”
Gilhaus said previous boards, while staying informed, have entrusted the day-to-day management of the schools to district administrators while serving on committees that review text book adoptions, technical purchases, curriculum changes, future planning, and adopting a budget for the district each year.
“Their strength is that they are always looking five years to the future,” he said. “They’re very proactive and progressive in their thinking. In the seven years that I’ve been here, the board’s decisions – and they make many, many decisions – have always been grounded in what’s best for students and staff.”