Tuesday's school board election will bring in some interesting results.
There are two seats vacant and incumbent Dave Turnquist is the only name that will be on the ballot. Write-in votes will determine the second seat. Several persons in the community have thrown in their hat saying they would like to be considered a write-in choice - John Held, Dale Olsen, Lyle Fast and Dr. Greg Kueny.
Out of fairness, that Turnquist was the only one to get his name onto the ballot, his profile follows.
Why do you want to continue to be a part of the Alta School Board?
We just went through staff reductions and also trimmed expenditures to keep our unspent balance at a comfortable amount. Having knowledge of school funding, I would like to remain on the board to help keep it there. With the possibilities of "sharing" talks with other area schools, I would hope that my experience of previous meetings would help make decisions that will offer the best education possible for our kids, while also representing the tax payers interest.
What issues do you want to see addressed by the board and challenges are you facing?
We need to update the high school building, which includes some of the following(lighting, doors, handicap accessibility, become more energy efficient). The elementary will also need some repair which includes(finish the lighting, boiler, and other small projects). Maintain our high level of education. Our students that have gone to college have had gpa's in the top three of our area schools, but even more impressive was that we were the top school in the area for gpa's in classes that colleges and universities deem "difficult".
What do you enjoy most about being a part of the school board?
Trying to make our school the best learning experience for kids. I also like it when kids come to the school board meeting and present projects they've done or want to do. I love their excitement.
What is the responsibility of the school board?
Be fiscally responsible, have a safe and equitable access to learning for children, and maintain good community relations.
My wife is Laura, we have been married for 20 years. We have two daughters, Lesa is a sophomore and Katie is in eighth grade.