Six people running for Hillsboro School Board, so far
This story has been updated
The list of people running for four open seats on the Hillsboro School Board is changing every day.
As of Feb. 14, six people have filed to run for four open seats on the board, another has announced her intention to run and one candidate has already dropped out of the race.
On Tuesday, 23-year-old Jacob Pavlik announced that he would not run against incumbent Glenn Miller for Position 2, after filing for the seat one week ago.
"After further conversations with community members, I decided that it wasn't my time to run," Pavlik told The Tribune in an email on Tuesday. "I was very excited about the prospect of serving my community on the School Board, but I have realized that this is not the best way for me to serve right now."
Pavlik graduated from Glencoe High School in 2013 and was the youngest candidate running, saying he wanted to give students a voice on the School Board.
Candidates run for specific seats on the Hillsboro School Board. Up for re-election are Janeen Sollman in Position 1, Miller in Position 2, Monte Akers in Position 3 and Erik Seligman in Position 6.
Miller and Akers have already filed for re-election. School Board member Erik Seligman told The Tribune last week that he will not seek re-election for his seat, Position 6.
Pavlik's departure leaves several new candidates still in the running. Last week, Jaci Spross filed to run in Position 6. Erika Lopez, who works in the city of Hillsboro's finance department, announced that she intends to run in Position 1, but had not yet filed for the seat as of The Tribune's press deadline.
Three newcomers have also entered the race in the past week. Mark Watson in Position 2, Martin Granum in Position 3 and Kevin Currin-Smith in Position 6.
Watson has lived in the Hillsboro School District for more than 15 years. A product management director with Stats, Watson said that he wants students in Hillsboro have to real-world working experience before they graduate.
"A school-business connection has been important to me," Watson said.
Watson is a former university professor and said he is happy with the work the school board has been doing, and would like to see them continue on the path they are on.
"I want to continue the great work the board has already done," he said.
In Position 3, Martin Granum has filed to run against Akers. A facilities manager for Washington County, Granum is a member of the district's budget committee, and said he'd be interested in exploring new funding options for the district.
"I think we need to work hard to get adequate revenues in our schools," Granum said. He is a proponent of the planned capital improvement bond and said he wants to look at a voter-supported local option levy for the school district.
"The current statewide model isn't enough," Granum said. "It requires districts to seek additional revenues, and I'm willing to seek out that hard work."
Kevin Currin-Smith will take on newcomer Jaci Spross in Position 6. A manager for Sure ID in Hillsboro, Currin-Smith said that his motivation to run were his three children.
"I will do my best to bring in high quality and high expectations," he said. "I'm really good at being able to work with others to find agreement and solutions that will work for everybody."
Currin-Smith said he wants the district to use data-driven models to rate student-success.
"If we aren't already, I want to add or improve on key performance indicators," he said. "I want to create expectations for standards, and then use data and metrics to see whether we're maintaining that standard."
To be eligible, candidates must have lived in the Hillsboro School District for at least one year. School district staff are not eligible to run. The filing deadline is March 16.
The district has planned two information sessions with prospective board members next week, including a brown bag lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at the district's Administration Center, 3083 N.E. 49th Place, in Hillsboro. The following day, the district will hold a meeting at 7:30 a.m. at Manaia Coffee House, 203 E. Main St., in downtown Hillsboro.
The Hillsboro district is the fourth largest school district in the state, stretching from Hillsboro to North Plains, covering parts of Cornelius and south to Scholls Ferry Road and Bald Peak. The district serves more than 20,000 students.
Meet the candidates
(filed as of Feb. 14)
Glenn Miller (incumbent)
Monte Akers (incumbent)
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with quotes from newly filed candidates Mark Watson, Martin Granum, Kevin Currin-Smith and Jacob Pavlik