The candidates for the final two seats on the Rochester School Board are set for the November general election.
Melissa Amundsen will take on Bruce Kaskubar for seat 2 on the board. Cathy Nathan will face off against Greg Gallas for seat 6.
Vangie Castro fell short of votes to move past the primary election Tuesday for seat 2 and Abdi Roble finished third in the seat 6 primary race.
The top vote getters in their respective races, Amundsen and Nathan came into their races touting their experience in voluntary capacities with the school district. Nathan served on multiple PTAs and on the Minnesota PTA Advocacy Commissioner. Amundsen volunteered on the RPS the Budget Reduction Committee and Superintendent Hiring Committee and served as a board member of the Rochester Public School Foundation board and on GATEway. She also served on the Minnesota Department of Education Gifted and Talented Advisory Council.
Gallas said not being part of the system gives him a fresh perspective to serve on the board and fresh eyes for issues facing the district. Kaskubar, a retired Mayo Clinic IT analyst, touts his leadership on complex projects and says working with multimillion-dollar budgets gives him the experience and tools to serve on the board.
The results eliminated Castro, former education program manager for the Diversity Council, from the seat 2 race. Roble, who ran the Somali Kulan Community after school program in partnership with RPS, was eliminated in his bid for a seat 6 slot.