There is no such thing as a school board race in two of Utah County's school districts: All four incumbents are unopposed in their re-election bids.
Alpine School DistrictAMERICAN FORK - Unless there's a successful last-minute write-in campaign, there will be no new faces on the Alpine School Board next year.
Two seats are up for election, and the only people filing for the seats were the incumbents. J. Blake Evans is running unopposed in Precinct 5 and Linda Campbell is running unopposed in Precinct 4. Both candidates say the fact they are running unopposed may mean citizens are happy with their past performance.
Campbell lives in Orem and teaches at the Provo Alternative High School. She is a past PTA president and currently serves on the State School Boards Association board of directors. She also serves on the board of the Utah High School Activities Association.
She says the key issues facing the district in the coming years will be class size reduction, integrating technology into the schools, increasing parent involvement and resolving the graduation prayer issue.
Evans lives in Lehi and has a dental practice in American Fork. He also serves for two days a week as the dentist at the Utah State Training School. He is past president of the American Fork Chamber of Commerce and past district governor for the Lions Club.
He says in the near future the district will be faced with increased enrollment in the secondary grades and will have to find space for the added students. He said the district will have to look at innovative teaching methods and likely will become more involved in homestudy programs.
Provo School District
Mossi W. White is seeking a second four-year term on the Provo board, representing Precinct 1, which is southeast Provo. She is running unopposed.
"Good education is the greatest gift we can give a child," White said. "I have felt strongly about education. I have loved serving on the school board. It is very exciting to work in the schools."
White said the Legislature should be congratulated for the technology initiative to put computers in the schools.
White was originally appointed to the school board to finish a term left vacant. She was elected two years ago to finish that term.
White also represents Provo and Nebo school districts on the Utah School Board Association.
David G. Weight has served on the Provo school board for 10 years. He is running unopposed to continue to represent Precinct 5, northeast Provo.
"We're in the middle of some major changes," Weight said. The school board is in the final stages of developing the strategic five-year plan.
An example of goals for the new plan is to "focus on the first three years (of school), to see if we can guarantee the children are reading and computing," Weight said.
Weight said he has taken pride in the morale of the district. The teacher career-ladder program has helped improved morale. A challenge for the Provo schools is to continue to fund the career ladder, he said.