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Election 2010: School board candidates to run uncontested

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE and#8212; At the buzzer, just a few days before last Wednesday’s final and#8212; extended and#8212; deadline for the candidate filing period, Kim Szczurek, Truckee’s administrative services director, decided to answer the call for the school district’s Area 1 position, joining Tahoe City resident Dianna Driller as an uncontested candidate running for a trustee seat.

While Driller declined to comment on her recent filing, Szczurek took some time last Tuesday to talk about her decision to be the next Tahoe Truckee Unified School District trustee and what she hopes to accomplish when she begins her term this December.

Szczurek, a mother of three with a daughter at Truckee High School, a son at Alder Creek Middle School and another daughter at Donner Trail Elementary, said she hopes to promote fiscal responsibility in the district and creating more transparency between the district and the community.

and#8220;I’m not in the position to say this and that needs to be changed yet but we have some obvious issues that we’ll be facing with the budget,and#8221; Szczurek said.

Surveying the district’s financial forecast, Szczurek said declining state funding and the district’s loss in property tax revenue and#8212; estimated last at $2 million by district official and#8212; have her concerned. She also said the renewal of Measure A, a $3.7 million dollar parcel tax used to supplement school programs and supplies, is another top priority.

and#8220;I think measure A is critical. We have to support ourselves and we can’t count on the state to do that,and#8221; she said. and#8220;We can earmark Measure A funding for what we think the priority’s are.and#8221;

Touching upon a platform transparent communication, Szczurek said her goal is to boost parent involvement through better communication to the district community as whole without catering to anyone one group.

and#8220;There’s always opportunity in local government to get out communication to those who need it,and#8221; she said.

As she waits for the November election and her almost assured appointment this Decembe,r she said she will be talking to the current trustees and district staff to get as much information as she can about her duties and what other issues need to be addressed.

and#8220;I’m going to try to be a sponge,and#8221; said Szczurek jokingly.

As she prepares herself she said she’s also trying to prepare her kids for her new role. Her husband is very supportive she said but knows the new role will take some time to adjust to.

Looking at the overall picture though, Szczurek said she sees the effort as a worthy one, and one worth sacrifices.

and#8220;I’m putting my money where my mouth is,and#8221; she said. and#8220;There’s nothing more important in our community than our children and their future.and#8221;