Citing family time, school board member resigns

News staff writer

February 11, 2006

At Wednesday evening’s Hood River County School Board meeting, the Zone 1 seat was declared vacant after Kathleen Malone resigned from the board in order to spend more time with her family.

“My children come first,” she said in her resignation letter.

Zone 1 includes Cascade Locks and extends to the west side of Belmont across from West Side School. (Maps showing district board member boundaries are available at each school and on the District’s Web site,

Superintendent Dr. Pat Evenson-Brady said that, according to procedure, the local committees of the affected schools will now be notified and asked to submit, within 30 days, candidates for interview by the school board.

“Also, anyone who’s interested can apply to the local committee or directly to the board,” she said. Candidates must be registered voters who reside in Zone 1.

The boundaries changed in 2004 when the district rezoned in order to comply with the Equal Voting Rights Protection Act, which requires that each zone represent an equal number of people. Zone 1, which used to be Cascade Locks inclusive, now includes much of west Hood River.

Procedure dictates that after receipt of names of candidates from the affected local committees or by individual application, the school board, at its next regularly scheduled meeting, begins the final selection process. Each candidate will be asked a series of similar questions, which are determined by the board prior to the interview. Evenson-Brady said that since there is only one regularly scheduled meeting in March the board will probably schedule a special meeting for the interviews.

Following the interviews, the board may call for a recess to consider the candidates’ qualifications and reactions to questions, then reconvene and make their selection. The successful candidate will be sworn in by the school attorney and be seated.

When the zones were changed in 2004, a provision was made to ensure that Cascade Locks would always have a representative on the school board, so if the appointed person lives in Hood River, the board will also appoint an ex officio member from Cascade Locks. The Zone 1 seat will expire in June 2007. If the person wishes to keep the seat, he or she will have to file by March of that year to run for election in May, Evenson-Brady said.

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