Candidates will vie for Cedar Falls school board seats

CEDAR FALLS — A fourth candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for one of three open seats on the Board of Education.

Jeff Orvis, of 3407 Veralta Drive, filed earlier this week to run for a four-year board position in the Sept. 12 election. All the positions and a fourth seat with two years left in the term will be elected at-large.

He called Cedar Falls Community Schools a good, strong district. “I want to make sure we keep the schools that way,” said Orvis.

The 57-year-old is a teacher at Waverly-Shell Rock High School and an instructional coach in that neighboring district. “I do have a lot of experience, 30 years, as an educator,” he said. “I do understand school finance.”

Three others filed earlier for the positions. They include Jim Moody, Eric Giddens and Sasha Wohlpart.

Incumbents Susan Lantz and Doug Shaw are not running for another term. Jim Kenyon is stepping down after two years, putting the fourth seat on the ballot.

Current board member Joyce Coil is running for his seat rather than one of the four-year positions. She also filed at an earlier point.

HCC seats open

On the Hawkeye Community College board, two more trustees are not running to retain their seats. Gene Ficken of Independence, Director District 4 representative, and John Schuller of Grundy Center, Director District 3 representative, are both stepping down as their first terms end. Board member Dave Krejchi of Cedar Falls earlier announced he would not seek re-election to his Director District 9 seat.

“I enjoyed my time as a Hawkeye trustee, but I decided not to run again,” said Ficken, noting his long involvement in education and related roles. He is a retired teacher, coach and legislator who served on the House education committee and the education appropriations committee. “I’m just going to try something different.”

Schuller noted “it has been a great experience for me” to serve on the board. “We are moving — not outside the area — but we are moving to a home that is three miles outside of the (Hawkeye service area) district,” he said.

Bruce Clark of Waterloo has filed for re-election to his Director District 5 seat. At an earlier point, trustee Joan Webster-Vore of Hudson filed for another term in the Director District 7 seat and newcomer John Allan of Cedar Falls filed for the Director District 9 seat currently held by Krejchi.

No one has filed for the District 3 and 4 seats. District 3 includes a portion of the Cedar Falls and Gladbrook-Reinbeck school districts and all of the Dike-New Hartford, Grundy Center, North Tama County and Union school districts. District 4 includes a portion of the Waterloo Community Schools and all of the Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Independence and Jesup school districts.

Other seats open

On the Waterloo Board of Education, Angela Weekley has decided not to seek re-election to the Director District 4 position after one term. In a statement released earlier this month, Weekley said she was honored to be part of efforts like hiring Jane Lindaman as superintendent and establishing the Waterloo Career Center.

As previously reported, Shanlee McNally has filed for re-election to her at-large seat and Mike Kindschi will not run for another term in his Director District 1 position. No one has filed for that position or the District 4 seat.

District 1 represents a northeast portion of Waterloo, portions of East Waterloo and Poyner townships, and Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, Gilbertville and Raymond. District 4 represents a northwest portion of Waterloo.

On the Union Community Schools Board of Education, four seats will be up for election because Joe Connolly is stepping down two years early from his position. His two-year Director District 1 seat will be on the ballot along with District 1 and 2 seats currently held by Darrell DeWinter and Kevin Sash, respectively, and an at-large seat held by Brian Weber. No one has filed yet for any of the positions.

Filing must be done at the office of the school or community college board secretary. It closes at 5 p.m. Aug. 3.

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