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3/3/2011 8:03:00 AM
Marks remains on HUSD board in place of Paulsen

Paula Rhoden
Special to the Tribune

Although his elected term on the Humboldt Unified School District Governing Board expired Dec. 31, Gary Marks will continue to the serve on the board.

Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter has appointed Marks to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of board member Scott Paulsen.

Marks' appointment is effective Jan. 7, and it will expire on Dec. 31, 2012.

Marks said he is "honored and humbled" by Carter's appointment.

Marks made the decision to apply for the vacancy because "I feel like I can still provide help to the district."

He noted that, with the current budget situation, it would have been challenging for someone without previous experience to serve on the board.

Carter stated, "The residents of the district should be proud of the fact that three extremely well-qualified individuals - Sandy Griffis, Gary Marks and Carm Staker - applied for the position. Due to the amount of public interest in this appointment, the diversity and quality of the candidates, the complex nature of issues facing the district and the significant statewide budget concerns facing all educational agencies and taxpayers, this was the most difficult of the 84 appointments that I have made."

Marks has been a resident of the district for 12 years. He is married and his son attends Humboldt schools. Marks is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He is a Navy veteran, serving four tours of duty in Vietnam. Marks has served as the executive director of the Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation since 1999. Gov. Jan Brewer appointed him to the Arizona State School Facilities Board, and he is serving his second term.

Carter noted that Marks' eight years of governing board experience is critical at this point in time.

"His immediate knowledge of the school district, their processes, procedures, policy, school budgets and state finance were extremely important factors in the selection," Carter said.

Marks was elected to the HUSD Governing Board in 2002 and 2006. He ran unsuccessfully for the position in 2010, receiving 5,933 votes, 2.7 percent behind Paulsen. Despite that loss, Marks will continue to keep the best interests of the district in mind.

"That is the only way it can be done," he explained.

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