Gary C. Swensen has served 12 years on the Granite Board of Education and has been the board's president twice, but he will not run for re-election this year.
Swensen met with the board Tuesday night, but didn't mention his plans. He told the Deseret News that he only finalized his decision Wednesday and wanted to publicize it so prospective candidates would have a chance to file before the deadline. Candidates must file with the county clerk by 5 p.m. April 15.He represents Precinct 3, which includes Taylorsville, Bennion and a portion of South Salt Lake. It covers an area roughly from 21st South to 66th South and State Street to 32nd West.
His decision to leave the board came so he could concentrate on his new position as vice president of field operations for the Osmond Foundation. He took an early retirement as superintendent of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreations last year. Swensen also said he wants to have more time to devote to his family and to his appointment to other community boards.
Swensen said he has mixed emotions about leaving the Granite board and has always considered himself an advocate for the child. He said he has seen many changes in education during his board tenure, including a move to year-round schools and an increase in the problems faced by education and students.
The terms of two other members on the five-seat Granite board will also expire this December. Both have already filed for re-election. They are Patricia G. Sandstrom of Precinct 2, which includes an area from roughly 33rd South to 66th South and State Street to Highland Drive, and Lynn D. Davidson of Precinct 1, which roughly covers the area east of Highland Drive from 33rd South to 66th South.