Candidates file for school; college boards

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By Carol A. Clark

After deliberating the pros and cons of serving another four years on the Los Alamos Board of Education, current President Steve Girrens decided not to run again.

“It’s important to me to continue working on current projects critical to the district such as the upcoming bond election and our 20-year facilities plan, and I intend to do that, but from a committee position rather than as a board member,” Girrens said. “I want to step aside and let others in my district have an opportunity to serve.”

Someone new did step forward Tuesday to run in Girrens’ District 2 in White Rock. Melanie McKinley decided to run, she said, because first and foremost she has four children in the district in seventh-, fifth-, third- and first-grades.

“The quality of the schools is very important to me,” she said. “Along with that is the fact that we have to select a new superintendent this year. I am also a 1988 graduate of Los Alamos High School and would like to see our schools remain a stellar example to the rest of the state and even the nation.”

McKinley explained that she feels it is a critical time to have someone on the board who cares deeply and is willing to work hard in the best interests of everyone impacted by the schools.

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