Odell Returns to Challenge Borton on School Board

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Kodiak Island Borough voters are getting a choice of school board members next month though both candidates have plenty of experience. Former school board president Betty Odell is challenging incumbent Melissa Borton who is now completing her first three-year term. KMXT’s Jacob Resneck reports.

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Odell was first elected in 2002 though she decided not to run for re-election in 2008. She said she’s looking forward to getting back on the board.

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She said during her six years on the board she was forced to make some tough decisions.

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Challenging Odell is Melissa Borton. She says she got on the board because she wanted more board members whose children were still enrolled in the schools.

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Borton says she’s happy with the ways things are going and applauded the performance of school superintendent Stewart McDonald.

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Asked about some initiatives she’d brought to the district Odell said improving student health was a top priority.

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Meanwhile Borton points to the district’s successful $76.3 million bond that voters approved last year.

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Both women said they have a great deal respect for one another having served together on the school board.

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Borton is 38 years old and works as the tribal administrator for the Native Village of Afognak. Odell is 60 years old and is retired.

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