Two four-year terms on the Globe Unified School District Board are up for grabs in Tuesday’s election.
Information on each candidate was obtained from the Gila County Superintendent of Schools website.
Candidates Lisa Brown-Quintero, Frankie DalMolin, Frank Grice, Roberta Hunter-Patten and David Kell submitted candidate statements, which are on the website.
Candidate Robert Howard did not submit a candidate statement, according to officials with the county superintendent’s office.
Contacted last week, Globe school district officials told the Silver Belt they do not have a candidate statement from Howard, either.
Information obtained from the candidate statements are listed here, in alphabetical order by last name:
• Lisa Brown-Quintero
Brown-Quintero is the mother of six children, three of whom are currently enrolled in the district.
She believes in “the value of public education,” and in “creating a safe learning environment where every child has the opportunity to succeed; that has a rich curriculum with diverse electives, advanced placement, career-technical, and vocational courses,” she said.
Brown-Quintero lists her occupation(s) as parent, supply chain management director, community volunteer and adult educator.
Her education and qualifications include a Master’s in Business Administration; Certified Professional in Supply Management; Adult Education Teacher Certificate and Boy Scouts of America Troop 5883 Committee Chair, she said.
Brown-Quintero called fiscal responsibility “paramount to ensure each dollar is spent wisely, benefiting students first.”
“I support a fully-funded education, and will help play a vital role in keeping our local schools on track, always with the students’ best interests in mind,” she said.
Running as an incumbent, DalMolin has been on the school board since June 2008, is currently serving as its president, and has served as its clerk and as a board member.
DalMolin is a third-generation alumnus in the district, and has served on the Legislative Committee, Nominating Committee and has also been the Gila County Director on the Executive Board for the Arizona School Boards Association.
He believes in local control of the district, he said.
“I am a champion for every student and believe that they all deserve a fair chance, a helping hand, an exceptional education and the best we have to offer,” DalMolin said.
He believes students need both athletics and the arts to be well rounded and describes himself as an advocate for the staff – “dedicated to treating them fairly and honestly,” he said.
DalMolin said he is aware of how district spending affects the citizens.
A lifelong resident of Gila County, both Grice and his two children have attended Globe schools since elementary school. His children currently attend Globe High School.
“I bring with me the concern as a parent and the passion as a public servant who wants to make a difference,” he said.
For more than 22 years, Grice has been an active parent and volunteer in the community, “playing various roles in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 518; Copper Cities Youth Sports Organization, Pinal Mountain Little League Board, and as a coach volunteer for many sports,” he said.
If elected, Grice would work alongside the administration on some district challenges, such as “staffing shortage, academics, safety and security, communication gaps and decreased funding by the State.”
He sees his role as a school board member will be to “review and vote on the direction the district will go to overcome these challenges.
After graduating from Northern Arizona University in 1977, Hunter-Patten began teaching at the San Carlos Elementary School. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas, El Paso.
“My years as an educator has always led me to work with diverse populations in the unique world of enabling education to prosper in the lives of students and parents,” Hunter-Patten said.
Also running as an incumbent, Hunter-Patten has served on the Globe school board for the past four years.
In her statement, Hunter-Patten said she believes “every school system is obligated to provide the best for students.”
In an effort to maintain excellence in the school district, a school board member must be “open minded and, at the same time, abide by the policies set forth by the district,” Hunter-Patten said.
Decisions made must “take into consideration the entire team of the school district,” she said.
Hunter-Patten listed “academics, extra-curricular activities, opportunities enabling students to exceed high school curricula, and social issues” as school district priorities.
“Employees of the district are also a prime component in making sure the needs of the district are met,” she said. “Efforts, made by educators within our state, has showered the district with an increase in salaries; which is well-deserved.”
As an educator, Hunter-Patten said she understands “the dilemmas faced in endeavors to achieve the best education for students.”
Kell has lived in the Globe-Miami area most of his life, attending Globe schools from third grade until his junior year in high school, which helped him prepare for his future, he said.
“My time at Globe schools was a time of learning, excitement and challenges,” Kell said. “I was taught by amazing teachers and was engaged throughout the entire learning process.”
As a new substitute teacher in the district, what Kell found was “quite different” from what he remembered as a student, he said.
“We no longer challenge our students, we no longer support our amazing teachers, and we no longer support our schools to make them the greatest schools that they can be,” Kell said.
He said that the Globe school board has been “made up of the same people for years.”
“While they are all honorable people and have done what they see as the best for our district, it is time for a change in the leadership for our district,” he said.
The school board needs to ensure it is allocating the budget “in a way that best benefits our students, teachers, administrators and the public-at-large;” and that “our curriculum is both acceptable by state standards but also challenging for our students,” Kell said.
Globe school board meetings are held at 6 p.m., on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, in the Mofford Activity Center, 453 E. Maple St. (at the corner of Maple and Devereaux).
For further election information, go to www.gilacountyaz.gov.