Voters to choose trustee for Zone 1 in Shelley

SHELLEY — Only one school board trustee position is up for election in Shelley Joint School District No. 60.
Incumbent Loren Lund will face Eva Ochoa in the May 17 election for the position in Zone 1.
Lund has served four years on the Shelley School Board.
“I have a passion for education,” Lund said. “Education has always been extremely important in my life.”
Lund taught science at the University of Texas for five years, student taught at a high school and middle school in Denver and has been a substitute teacher as well as a parent in volunteer organizations, such as the PTA where he was president for three years.
“One of my primary goals the last four years has been to represent viewpoints from all of the parents and students in the district,” Lund said. “I recognize the importance of supporting the ultimate decisions made by the majority [of the board] as we work together during our board meetings.”
“We work very hard as a board to have positive/productive relationships with each other, our administrators, staff and the patrons in our community.”
"Currently, the largest challenge we face as a school district is maintaining and even improving the educational quality in our district during some very difficult state funding financial circumstances,” Lund said.
The board is currently in the process of balancing the district’s budget for the 2011-2012 school year.
“I want to identify ways we can help our students better prepare and commit to obtaining a college degree after graduating from our district,” Lund said.
Lund and his wife have five children attending school in the Shelley district from elementary to high school. They have lived in Shelley eight years.
Ochoa has lived in Shelley since 1992. She has worked in the Firth School District in various teaching and administrative capacities since 1996.
Currently, she is a second grade teacher at A. W. Johnson Elementary in Firth. She has also worked in migrant education, the English Language Learners (ELL) program and has been an Adult Basic Education instructor.
“I am very happy with the community of Shelley,” Ochoa said. “I want to do what I can to support the community and the schools.”
Ochoa is a member of the Idaho Education Association (IEA) and has been a state delegate to the National Education Association.
“The IEA provides training opportunities and opportunities to get more involved in the education process, including leadership training,” she said.
“One of the main functions of the school board is to set policy for the district within a given timeline,” Ochoa said. “I want to see the timeline met and the transition happen as smoothly as possibly.
“I want to make sure to keep resources and personnel in place as much as possible with the cutbacks from the state,” she said.
“I have a background in school district-community decision making and with the actual teaching process,” Ochoa said. “Education is my first and greatest passion.”
Elections in the Shelley School District Zones 2 and 3 are uncontested. Incumbents Scott Fredrickson (Zone 2) and Jamie Higham (Zone 3) face no opposition and will retain their trustee positions.
Polling places for the Zone 1 trustee election will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.
Electors will vote in their regular voting precincts.
Absentee balloting is available at the Bingham County Clerk's office in the courthouse until 5 p.m. Friday.
An absentee ballot also can be requested by mail from the county clerk's office or the county clerk's office can be contacted at 782-3164 to set up a time for homebound voting.