The Norman Transcript

November 1, 2013

NPS school board member declines to run for re-election

By Katherine Parker
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman Public Schools’ Board of Education member Don Shandy has decided not to seek re-election.

Earlier this week, the NPS Board of Education announced that the No. 4 seat is up for re-election in February.

Shandy said after his youngest daughter graduates next May from Norman North, all four of his children will have spent a total of 52 years in the NPS system. Shandy said he is grateful for all of this time but will not seek another term with the NPS Board of Education.

“My service on the Board of Education has been challenging but is also one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Public education is perhaps the most critical endeavor of our community, state and nation,” Shandy said. “It provides equal access and opportunity to all of our children and is important to not only their personal development and dreams but to society, as well.

“NPS does a superb job of fulfilling its responsibility to our kids and community. Dr. Siano, administration, classroom educators and NPS staff are simply the best.

“Norman is fortunate to have such talented and dedicated people working with and for our children.

“Finally, it has been a privilege to serve with the other board members. While members might view a specific issue differently, the agenda for each remained the same. That is, they always sought the best result for every child of the district.

“The members of the NPS Board of Education embody the best of public service, and it has been a pleasure to serve with them.”

Statutorily qualified individuals interested in running as a candidate for the Board of Education No. 4 seat may file to run as a candidate with the Cleveland County Election Board from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2-4.

To be a candidate for the school board, a person must have resided in the district for at least six months preceding the first day of the filing period and have been a registered voter registered with the county election board at an address located within the geographical boundaries of the district for six months preceding the first day of the filing period.

The No. 4 seat is a five-year term and is for the northwest boundary. The election will be Feb. 11.

For additional candidacy requirements, visit ossba.org/school-board-candidacy#who%20is%20eligible.

Additionally, the Board of Education for the Moore Norman Technology Center School District No. 17 will have an election for the District Zone 4, Office 4, seat.

Statutorily qualified individuals interested in running as a candidate for that seat may file to run as a candidate at the Cleveland County Election Board from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2-4.

Dr. Max Venard is serving as board member for Zone 4, Office 4, and he plans to seek re-election.

Katherine Parker

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