Two seats on the five-member Murray Board of Education are up for election; the two incumbent members have decided to not seek new four-year terms.
Three candidates are fighting for the spot now held by board Chairman George I. Brown, who has served three terms on the board. Precinct 5 covers southeastern Murray.
The candidates are Myrna C. Broschinsky, Kim Davis and Sherry Madsen. The two leaders in the primary election Sept. 13 will appear on the general election ballot Nov. 8.
Myrna C. Broschinsky, an elementary school teacher in the Jordan School District, has had a variety of teaching experiences, including teaching Chapter 1 reading, preschool and in an American school in Paris. She is an active PTA volunteer, has worked with youth groups and has been a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and secretary of the Murray Symphony Guild.
The tax-limitation proposals that will be on the ballot Nov. 8 are destructive to children and the schools. "Wasting of tax dollars is not happening in Utah's classrooms. Teachers spend much of their own money on materials and resources that districts can't afford," Broschinsky said.
She believes the biggest problem facing the Murray School District is the "ever-present problem of meeting the needs of every child and taking the student from where he is to where he can go."
Programs and changes that Broschinsky wants to see in the Murray schools are an open line of communication between parents, teachers, administrators, school board members and a program in every school for gifted-and-talented students.
R. Kim Davis, a University of Utah associate professor of head and neck surgery, has written more than 50 articles or chapters of books and was honored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for educational achievement. He was involved with schools in Maryland and Massachusetts before moving to Utah five years ago.
On the tax-limitation measures, Davis said he generally feels "we get what we pay for." Having seen benefits to his children in out-of-state schools, he finds it difficult to believe that too much tax revenue is directed to Murray schools. "I think particularly in Murray it is not true that educational money is wasted at the administrative level."
He believes lack of money is the school district's greatest problem. "The amount of money allocated for each student in the Murray District is less than one-third the amount allocated for students in the area we have moved from (Montgomery County, Md.)."
Davis wants to see increased academic achievement and demonstrated performance not only for identified gifted and talented students, but for all students. He also wants increased core academic skills in math and English and expanded honors and Advanced Placement programs at Murray High. He thinksthis can occur through fund-raising and federal grants.
Sherry Madsen, the Newspaper in Education coordinator at the Deseret News, is a former teacher. She has worked with youth groups and been active in the PTA. She was the state Newspaper in Education chairman of the Utah Council of the International Reading Association.
She believes the tax-limitation measures would cause irreparable damage to the school district and is the biggest problem facing the district now. Passage of the initiatives would cut a number of significant programs, Madsen said.
"In the name of giving back to the people, these initiatives would be taking away from the student, thereby robbing from the public the educated society that it deserves," Madsen said.
She wants to see a partnership developed between the Murray schools and Murray businesses, a yearly teacher recognition program in every school, more scholarship funds for Murray High, a continuity in starting times for elementary and secondary schools, a coordinated calendar between schools and community functions and the elimination of teacher planning day.
Margaret D. Nelson, a former teacher and Murray PTA region director and council president, is running unopposed for the seat held for four terms by J. Dale Ahlberg, who represents northwestern Murray. She will not be on the primary ballot this month.