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Two more people file for seats on JCPS school board

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – With less than a week before the filing deadline for the Nov. 4 general election, two more people have joined the race for two of four seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Angie Moorin, a retired certified public accountant, submitted paperwork Thursday to run for the District 3 seat, which includes most of northeastern Jefferson County.

“A strong public school system is arguably the most important job of local government; it is important work and I feel I am uniquely qualified for this position,” said Moorin, 50. “Jefferson County Public Schools has a huge budget that serves 101,000 kids and I want to make sure the money we are spending impacts children efficiently and effectively.”

The District 3 seat is being vacated by Debbie Wesslund, who is retiring. Two other people are also running for that seat - Louisville attorney Stephanie Horne and Louisville realtor Jan Scholtz.

Moorin said the recent release of Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen’s report on the district’s finances is what prompted her to join the race.

“His comment about how school board members generally don’t have a depth of understanding to actively examine or question the budget efficiently really caught my attention,” she said. “I’m a former certified public accountant, an auditor and I was a chief financial officer for 20 years, so I feel that I have a skillset that would be valuable to the school board.”

Moorin explains more of her reasoning behind seeking a seat on the school board on her website.

"I would be a constant voice on the board to remain focused on spending the resources wisely, measuring outcomes, holding ourselves accountable and of course, examining and questioning the budgets….and in today’s world that requires a lot of number crunching," she said. "I’m ready to do the math."

David Hittle has also submitted paperwork to run for the District 5 seat, which includes south central Jefferson County, a seat that is currently held by Linda Duncan. Duncan has also filed to run for re-election.

Hittle could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday, but according to his website and Facebook page, he is opposed to tax increases, supports civic education and neighborhood schools.

“I believe I can make a difference, I believe that our tax rates have gone up enough over the past 10 years,” he wrote on July 29. “I believe the school board's budget which has increased over the past 10 years, has been for very little and there is not much to show for it.”

Moorin and her husband, George, are both graduates of Ballard High School. Their two children are graduates of duPont Manual High School.

Hittle is a graduate of Valley High School.

There are two other seats up for election on the seven-member board. They include:

District 1, which includes central and western Louisville. Current school board member Diane Porter is the only person who has filed to run.

District 6, which includes central Jefferson County. Current school board member Carol Haddad is the only person who has filed to run.

The JCPS school board oversees an annual budget of more than $1 billion and sets policy for the district’s 100,000 students and 18,000 employees.

The three other members of the school board, David Jones Jr., Chuck Haddaway and Chris Brady, will be up for re-election in 2016.

School board members do not have a salary; they earn $75 per meeting they attend, not to exceed $3,000 annually.

The deadline to file for general election is 4 p.m. Aug. 12.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0839 or @tkonz on Twitter. Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

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