SEASIDE - School board elections loom for Seaside School District.

The lone contested race is for Zone 4, Position 2, and has incumbent Mark Truax against challenger Thad Nolan.

Truax, a two-term board member, is hoping to address a few issues that he believes are key if re-elected.

"We need to address the Cannon Beach schools situation and get it solved," said Truax. The question of the Cannon Beach schools being in the tsunami zone has been looming over the district for some time and, as yet, no solution has been found.

Truax also hopes to keep Seaside schools heading in the right direction.

"Seaside is meeting all the benchmarks for No Child Left Behind," said Truax.

Nolan disagrees with Truax's stance on No Child Left Behind and thinks there is a need for improvement in many areas of the district.

"I think No Child Left Behind is a farce," said Nolan. "It's not really testing what students know."

According to Nolan, the nature of the test is to measure whether students are learning.

He says that if students are spending their time in class preparing for the exam, they are not really taking the tests appropriately.

Nolan would also like to see the institution of more hands-on based teaching techniques in Seaside.

"A lot of the learning is computer-generated, based right now," said Nolan.

He also hopes to see the beginning of an accountability system for students and teachers alike.

"From what I've seen, the high school is out of control," said Nolan.

In other races incumbent Nancy Hauger is running uncontested for Zone 1, Position 1 and incumbent Steven Phillips is running uncontested for Zone 5, Position 1.

David Robinson is also running uncontested to renew his two-year unexpired term for Zone 2, Position 2. He was appointed to the position in November 2005.

"I like to cheer on teachers and administrators," said Robinson. "I am also a big supporter of the literacy push in the district to bring up the reading levels of all students."

ZONE 1 POSITION 1Position sought: Zone 1, Position 1

Name: Nancy Hauger

Age: 70

Address: 37555 Hauger Mountain Lane, Seaside, OR 97138

Occupation: Retired teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in religion and sociology with a basic teaching certificate

Length of time in Clatsop County: 33 years

Affiliations: Member of school, hospital, election and fire boards; member of a philanthropic education organization

Prior experience: Previous four years on the school board; 25 years as a teacher

Key issues: Improving class conditions for students and teachers

ZONE 2 POSITION 2Position sought: Zone 2, Position 2

Name: David Robinson

Age: 49

Address: P.O. Box 1265, Cannon Beach, OR 97110

Occupation: Pastor for Community Presbyterian Church

Education: Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary; bachelors degree from University of Washington

Length of time in Clatsop County: 14 years

Affiliations: Board of Coastal Young Life

Prior experience: appointed to school board in November 2005

Key issues: Supporting teachers and administrators; SMART reading program; increasing literacy and improving opportunities for science and art in nontraditional classroom settings

ZONE 4 POSITION 2Position sought: Zone 4, Position 2

Name: Mark L. Truax

Age: 48

Address: P.O. Box 2382, Gearhart, OR 97138

Occupation: Firefighter for city of Astoria

Education: High school

Length of time in Clatsop County: 45-plus years

Affiliations: None

Prior experience: Two terms on the Seaside school board; two years with Seaside city budget committee; four years on school district budget committee; 19 years volunteer firefighter for Gearhart and Seaside

Key issues: Need to get Cannon Beach schools situation solved and move them out of tsunami zone; keep heading in the right direction

ZONE 4 POSITION 2Position sought: Zone 4, Position 2

Name: Thad L. Nolan

Age: 45

Address: 1355 13th Ave., Seaside, OR 97138

Occupation: Mechanic for Astoria Ford; teach mechanics at community college

Education: Seaside High School; associate arts degree in electrical engineering from Clatsop Community College

Length of time in Clatsop County: 35 years

Affiliations: None

Prior experience: Live in the county; an instructor at Clatsop Community College

Key issues: More industrial trade classes; more hands-on learning; accountability for students and teachers; addressing the drop-out rate; changing preparation methods for No Child Left Behind testing

ZONE 5 POSITION 1Position sought: Zone 5, Position 1

Name: Steven C. Phillips

Age: 59

Address: 217 Broadway, Seaside, OR 97138

Occupation: Candymaker

Education: Bachelor of Science in business administration, minor in food technology from Oregon State University

Length of time in Clatsop County: 50-plus years

Affiliations: Seaside Rotary and Masonic Lodge

Prior experience: 10 years on the school board; former member of the school district budget committee; former member of Seaside City Council

Key issues: Providing a safe learning environment free from drug and gang problems; collaborating with students about furthering their education; continuing Seaside's top placing in state benchmarks for learning

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