BRIGHAM CITY -- Brett Kay Merkley from Corinne is challenging incumbent Heather S. Young of Brigham City for the District 3 school board seat.
Merkley is a auditor and contract negotiator and hopes to be able to use his business background to help identify savings for the school district. He has had 21 years of experience as an auditor identifying millions of dollars in savings for the government.
"I will take that knowledge and use it to help the school district. I hope to use my strong business background in identifying savings for the district," Merkley said.
In addition to serving on the Corinne City Council, Merkley has served on the Community Council for Box Elder High School for five years.
Young has been a member of the school board for four years. She also believes the biggest issue currently facing Box Elder School District at this time is funding.
"Since the majority of our money comes from the state of Utah, and with the declining economy, we are receiving less money to adequately fund our current educational programs," Young said. She believes that even though the school board had some tough decisions balancing the budget they did their best to preserve jobs and keep programs running in the district.
In addition to being a school board member, she is on the Bridgerland Applied Technology College Board and is an executive board member for the Lincoln Center Boys and Girls club.
She has been a delegate for the Utah School Board Association Delegate Assembly and has served in the past as a PTA president.
"I have worked and volunteered at several schools in the district, and most importantly I am the mother of three children attending schools in the district.