Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New candidate vies for school board

Bellevue woman files for post now held by Daniel Parke

Express Staff Writer

Bellevue resident Hallie Kelly Star has announced her candidacy for the south Blaine County school board position now held by Daniel Parke.

"It is time for a fresh start," Star stated in a press release issued Monday. "We need to develop an ongoing dialogue between parents, teachers, administrators and the school board that reaches from Ketchum to Carey."

In announcing her candidacy for the Zone 1 school board position, which includes south Bellevue, Star became the third candidate in the May 17 election, in which three of five seats are up for grabs on the Blaine County School District board of trustees.

The deadline for filing is Friday, March 18.

Incumbent Kathryn Graves, who represents Zone 3 encompassing the north Hailey area, announced her intentions to seek election last week and has now filed her declaration of candidacy. For Graves, it will be her first election. She was appointed to the school board in 2010 following the resignation of Trustee Mari Beth Matthews.

Parke, a Hailey chiropractor who lives in Carey, has not publicly stated whether he will seek re-election. Parke has served on the board since 2006.

Likewise, board Chair Julie Dahlgren has made no public statement regarding her intentions for the Zone 5 post she has held since 2003. Zone 5 encompasses the Sun Valley and east Ketchum areas.

Blaine County resident Don Nurge filed his declaration of candidacy last week for the post now held by Dahlgren.

Star, a longtime Wood River Valley resident, is development director for the nonprofit Lee Pesky Learning Center. Before that she worked at the Wood River Community YMCA. She is the wife of Hailey attorney Selim Star and the mother of three children ages 3, 4 and 9.

"I am running because there has never been a more important time to ensure that our kids have access to education of the highest quality, our teachers are provided the best professional development available and we make fiscally responsible decisions that provide lasting results," Star stated in her press release. "We need to make our kids and our teachers our top priority and we need the support of our communities to do this."

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