Applications being accepted for two seats on State Board of Education

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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 12:00 am

Gov. Dave Heineman is seeking qualified candidates for two open seats on the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Mark Quandahl, representing District 2, resigned on Jan. 27, while Rebecca Valdez, representing District 4, resigned on Feb. 4.

Quandahl was appointed by Heineman in 2009 and won election to the seat in November 2012. The governor will appoint a new board member to complete the term, which runs through 2016.

Quandahl is an Omaha attorney who served as a state senator from 1999 to 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Valdez was elected in 2009 and re-elected to the seat in November 2012. The governor will appoint a new board member to complete the term, which runs through 2016.

Valdez is employed at Creighton University Health Sciences, Center for Promoting Health and Health Equality. Valdez earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Texas State University.

To be considered for either position, applicants must meet the qualifications set out for Board of Education members in state statute. Those not eligible for consideration include anyone actively involved in the teaching profession, as well as current state officers and members of other boards and commissions, unless the role of the board is limited to an advisory capacity.

District 2 includes most of Sarpy County, except for the area west of 84th Street and north of Cornhusker Road, which becomes Harvell Drive in Bellevue. That segment of Sarpy County — including parts of Bellevue, Papillion and La Vista — is in District 4. Both districts also include portions of Douglas County.

Applicants must have lived within the boundaries of the appropriate district for at least six months. Heineman may also choose to seek out additional qualified candidates.

Individuals interested in the position should send a cover letter and resume, along with a completed application form to Kathleen Dolezal in the Governor’s Office, at P.O. Box 94848, Lincoln, NE 68509.

Applications will be accepted through the end of the day on Feb. 26 for District 2 and March 6 for District 4.

Anyone with questions about either position may call the Governor’s Office at 402-471-2244 and ask for Dolezal. Information also can be found on the Nebraska Department of Education’s website,

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