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Wed, Oct. 23

Four final candidates in line for Kingman school board spot

Four of the 10 people who submitted letters of interest for the vacant seat on the Kingman Unified school board were selected to return to the district offices today for interviews.

City of Kingman Clerk Debbie Francis, former school board candidate Kevin Burgess, local business owner James Cave and former District 4 Board of Supervisors candidate Ted Roper were the four selected by the board to be interviewed.

"It's not going to be an easy task," said school board member Laurie Voss Barthlow of choosing the best person for the job.

The board will reconvene at 5:30 p.m. today to discuss the process and then move into executive session to conduct each of the interviews in 30-minute intervals.

Board President Pat Carlin, whose term ends at the end of the year, submitted a letter of interest for the position. He's been on the board for about 15 years, but he missed numerous meetings over the last six months. He did not seek re-election.

But the passing of Bill Goodale changed things, prompting him to submit the letter. The thought that he would garner more consideration had been evident a few weeks ago when the board held a special session to discuss how to fill the seat. The idea of bringing him back to complete the two years left on Goodale's four-year term was supported by district administration because of the tough financial decisions that need to be made in the coming months, said Charles Lucero, the board's vice president.

"But it sounds like the board doesn't want to go in that direction," he said.

As for what members are looking for in the interview process, Voss Barthlow said she is focused on the availability of each candidate because the looming budget season is sure to produce countless special sessions and all-day workshops.

The goal is to get the new board member into the position prior to December's regular meeting.

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