GIPS School Board in search of candidates

GIPS School Board in search of candidates
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 10:11 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Public School Board 101 meetings started up Thursday. The meetings are meant to educate people on what the board does and inform potential candidates on what it takes to serve on their board.

The meeting took place at the Grand Island Hall County Convention & Visitors Bureau at noon, where the members took turns presenting attendees detailed information about their district, what they look for in a member, the responsibilities this person would take on and more.

The board is looking to fill five staggered term positions on their nine member board for Wards A, B and C.

Eric Garcia-Mendez of Grand Island was one of the attendees at the board 101 meeting Thursday afternoon. He said he came out to learn more about what it takes to be a part of the board and knew some people interested in running.

“I just think it’s a ... great idea, great outreach too just to demonstrate to people in the community that you can access these people, that they’re here to hear your concerns and stuff like that,” he said.

Bonnie Hinkle was serving her 16th and final year on the GIPS Board of Education. Hinkle said she was aware that what the members do is not a simple task, but overall, the pros outweigh the cons.

“It is so rewarding, even though it takes a lot of time and effort, just seeing the children when you go visit schools, when they come to our board meetings every once in a while and they share their accomplishments and then even on graduation days, just knowing that you even had just a little bit of part in helping them find a place in the world,” Hinkle said.

Anyone looking to file you can visit the Hall County Election Commissioner’s Office and fill out a form in person. Incumbents must have the form handed in by March 1.

Additionally, there was another workshop planned at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at Engleman Elementary school.

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