Four positions on the Derby Board of Education are open for four-year terms. One position is open for an unexpired, two-year term created by former member Mark May’s resignation in April.
Althea Arvin is filling that seat, appointed by the current board, until the first board of education meeting in January. Who fills that seat after January depends on the results of the election. Arvin and Mark Tillson are seeking the unexpired seat.
The candidates for the open four year-terms are Don Adkisson, Ron Chronister, Pam Doyle, Matt Hoag, Lauren Ignowski, Matthew Joyce and Tina Prunier. The Informer wrote about the other candidates in its June 5 edition. It could not reach Doyle at that time.
Below are Doyle’s answers to the questions the newspaper has asked each candidate.
Background: Doyle has worked in education for 28 years and is vice president for general education and health sciences at WSU Tech, formerly known as WATC. She has lived in Derby since 1991.
Highest priority: “I think school safety is of paramount importance. We need to make sure we review policies and procedures routinely to make sure we’re staying diligent. School safety is a much bigger issue than just intruders. Bullying is a part of school safety. It’s also important students have access and understand all of their post-secondary options.”
Why she’s running: “I look at it as a service that I want to perform if the citizens of Derby choose me. I don’t have any burning issues with the school district. We have a great school system.”