The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

October 10, 2012

Office 6 position on the Enid Public Schools Board of Education still is vacated

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools needs someone to step up to take a spot on the Board of Education.

The Office 6 seat is open after Colleen Arnold, a member of the board since 2008, resigned to take a librarian position at St. Paul’s Lutheran School.

Office 6 covers a large section of the north part of Enid.

It is bounded by Oxford on the north. The eastern boundary runs south along Glendale to Willow, then west to Cleveland, then south along Cleveland to Randolph, then east along Randolph to Hoover, and south along Hoover to Garriott. Garriott from Hoover to Oakwood is the south boundary of the district.

The western boundary runs from Garriott north along Oakwood to Chestnut, then west along Chestnut to Quail Creek Drive, then north along Quail Creek to Lakewood, then west to Constitution, then north along Constitution to Oxford.

To qualify for appointment, a candidate has to be a registered voter and must have lived in the Office 6 location for six months. Also, a candidate cannot have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to, a felony or a misdemeanor involving embezzlement; must have a high school diploma; and cannot be an employee of the district, be married to an employee or have brothers or sisters who are employees.

The person chosen will fill out the remainder of Arnold’s term, which ends in February. That person also would be eligible to file in December for the seat to seek a full term.

The position is a non-paying one, but it’s an important job.

The person filling the seat will help guide Enid Public Schools and help make decisions that will have an impact on thousands of students in the district.

We’d encourage people who live in the Office 6 area to give it a shot. Serving on the school board is a great way to help out the community.

Anyone interested can call Karl White, EPS chief financial officer, at the Central Office at (580) 366-7000.

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