Action Line: CBJ School Board members discuss reasons for not seeking re-election

    Barbara Thurston and Lisa Worl spoke with host Pete Carran about why they won't be returning to their seats on Monday's edition of the program.

    Two Juneau School Board incumbents up for re-election explained on Action Line Monday why they are not running again.

    Barbara Thurston and Lisa Worl were guests on the program.

    "I'm stepping back and am going to let somebody else run for the office," Thurston announced. "It's a number of reasons all put together. It's certainly a significant time commitment, and I'm spending more time at my day job, which would be a conflict of interest of times. Another part of it is that I'm simply ready for something different; this has been a really interesting role that's clearly important the whole time going through it, but it's also frustrating at times. I was feeling a little burned out. This doesn't mean I'll never do more things with the district or even possibly run again, but it was time for a break."

    According to Worl, it was a difficult decision to make, but the one that is right for her and her family.

    "I am not seeking re-election. I served one term, but I also served the last year of Kim Poole's, so I actually have four years on the board. It wasn't an easy decision, but it's just right for me with a lot of things going on in my family right now. While it was four years on the board, it was also 11 years prior in the schools, so I've put about 15 years into the schools; it's something I feel very passionate about and there's still a lot to do, but I'm going to let somebody else pick up that baton."

    Both Thurston and Worl say they have reached out to other people to run for the School Boad, but they disclosed no names.

    The filing period opens this Friday at 8 a.m. and closes at 4:30 on the afternoon of August 15th.

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