SHIPROCK — One of the most embattled areas in the Central Consolidated School District is going to have a new representative on the board of education, again.
The board is expected to decide tonight which of the three candidates it will choose for the District 4 seat, the Kirtland-area seat which previously was held by Dr. Chad Wood.
Wood, a family practice physician in Shiprock, resigned late last month because of a family move to Utah.
Wood, who held the position for a year, replaced Bernice Benally, who passed away unexpectedly in September 2011.
The board at 7 p.m. tonight will hold a special meeting in the Shiprock CCSD boardroom to determine who the third person to take over the position in slightly more than a year will be.
The selected candidate will serve the board until February 2013, when the position will be up for election by voters.
The candidates include Myron Begay, Christina Aspaas, and Randy Jensen, who in February was banned from district property for threatening members of the board.
The district will allow Jensen to attend the special meeting, according to district spokesman James Preminger.
Jensen, who is taking legal action against the district for violation of his civil rights, said the district is trying to make amends and never had the authority in the first place to keep him from the property.
“They have lifted the trespassing order because they have wronged me,” said Jensen, of Kirtland. “They have no choice.”
Jensen, who's publicly denounced the current board and Superintendent Don Levinski, said he may not be able to show at the meeting tonight based on legal counsel.
Regardless of whether he is chosen to fill the District 4 seat, he will continue to advocate for children's rights, he said, calling the task a “triple handful.”
Jensen is the husband of former CCSD Assistant Superintendent Sharon Jensen, and also is the owner of Interstate Recovery and Towing in Kirtland.
The lesser known candidates in the running are Begay and Aspaas.
Begay, of Nenahnezad, and Aspaas, of Fruitland, both are concerned parents.
“I support children's education, and I believe all children are entitled to a quality education,” said Begay, whose three-year-old daughter is not yet enrolled in the district but will be in future years.
Begay attended schools within the district until graduating from Kirtland Central High School, after which he discontinued his education.
Aspaas is an electrician for BHP Billiton, a volunteer for United Way, and a single parent.
“Frankly, this position will be a new endeavor for me, however I am eager to broaden my experiences and apply my education as a board member,” said Aspaas in her letter of interest.
The deadline for letters of interest for the position was Friday. The board expects to select a candidate during an open session at the meeting tonight.