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Linde named to ethics committee

Sandra Linde was named to the Sunnyside School District Ethics Committee at last night's regularly scheduled school board meeting, but choosing committee members for the District Continuous Improvement Team is proving to be slightly more difficult.

Linde was the only ethics committee applicant. But for the two DCIT committee positions, four applications were received.

At their regularly scheduled meeting in June, school board officials requested that DCIT applicants submit a letter of interest because of the number of applicants. At that meeting, they said they'd make a decision at the regularly scheduled meeting last night, Thursday.

Evidently, the letters were so well written, school board officials now want to meet with the four applicants on Aug. 19th at 3 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled work session.

Letters expressing interest were received from Janie Palamo, Roberto Matus, Luz Balderos and Sister Mary Rita Rhode. Balderas and Rhode are currently serving on the committee.

School Board Director Stephen Carpenter said he found it encouraging that there were more applicants than positions.

Of the letters, School Board Director Lorenzo Garza said, "They're very well written. All show a passion for why they want to be on this committee."

Despite the fact that the letters were reviewed and discussed during the open public meeting, the school district refused to release them.

Superintendent Rick Cole said the first issue the DCIT will tackle is school uniforms, and that will be in September.

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