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School board to interview District 2 candidates

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Alan Gedde, left, and Ruben Sanchez are expected to join with other current Roswell school board members Mona Kirk and James Edwards in interviewing and voting on District 2 board candidates Monday. They are shown at a June meeting. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Members of the Roswell school board will interview three candidates for an open board seat during a Monday public meeting.

The Roswell Independent School District Board of Education announced Friday that it will hold the interviews and have scheduled a vote Monday at a 5 p.m. meeting in the downtown district administrative offices at 300 N. Kentucky Ave. The interviews will be held with Kathleen Pittman, Barbara Norfor and Pamela Boyd, in that order.
The public can make brief comments prior to the interviews, which are scheduled to last 45 minutes each, with the first one expected to begin shortly after 5 p.m.
The candidates are interviewing to fill an unexpired term for District 2 in the northwest part of the city. To be eligible to hold the seat, candidates must live in the district.
The three women will be interviewed by the four current board members, Mona Kirk, Ruben Sanchez, Alan Gedde and James Edwards.

The seat is available after former board president, Pioneer Bank executive and RISD parent Nicole Austin, announced her resignation July 28, citing a need to balance the needs of work and family. Austin had been elected to a two-year term in February. She originally was appointed to the board in 2015 to fill the unexpired term of Jim Waldrip, who resigned due to health concerns.
Pittman is a retired associate professor from Eastern New Mexico University, receiving tenure there in 2008 and retiring in 2016. She graduated from Roswell High School and was a teacher in Alabama prior to joining ENMU.
Norfor worked for the Roswell school district for 20 years until 2012. She is an ordained senior pastor at New Life Church, a community volunteer and the parent of a former RISD student.
Boyd’s resume indicates that she has worked in the banking industry for some time and is now operations supervisor at Farm Credit of New Mexico. She attended Roswell High School and previously worked at Pioneer Bank.
The board is scheduled to vote on the candidates after the interviews.