Frentress wins Hayden District A seat

4th-generation Hayden resident beats Zehner for School Board


Election 2009

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Tim Frentress


Darren Zehner

— A former member of the Hayden Town Board, now Hayden Town Council, will represent District A on the Hayden School Board.

Tim Frentress received 356 votes to the 192 received by opponent Darren Zehner, a 65 percent to 35 percent victory.

Frentress replaces board member Patty Bruchez, who has served on the board since 2001. Bruchez started with the Hayden School District as its bookkeeper in 1978. She served on the School Board from 1985 to 1987. She returned to be the district's business manager until her retirement in 1998.

Frentress, who served 12 years on the Hayden Town Board, said he thought his experience working with budgets and working with resources to retain staff helped him win the School Board seat.

He said the biggest challenges facing the district would be dealing with school finances until the economy bounces back.

"I'm looking forward to getting on there, getting things lined out and dealing with the money situation," Frentress said. "We're going to have to do some juggling there to make things work."

Frentress, a control specialist at the Hayden Station power plant, part-time rancher and part-time bus driver for the district, served on the Town Board from 1994 to 2006. The fourth-generation Hayden resident and his wife, Tena, have three grandchildren in the district. He is the first cousin of School Board member Kurt Frentress.

Zehner, who was born and raised in Hayden, is the district captain for Kiewit Corp., which recently merged with TIC. He oversees two pilots and TIC's corporate aircraft. Zehner returned to Hayden in 2003 after leaving to pursue his career as a commercial airline pilot. He was the district's transportation director from 2003 to 2004.

He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children who attend Hayden schools.

"I'm disappointed," Zehner said. "I think I could have brought a lot to the School Board, but at the same time, if that's the way the voters voted, I'll support what (Frentress) has to say."

Zehner said he would consider running again in four years.

The 548 votes cast in the race far exceeds the 379 cast in the race between Sharon Nereson and Troy Wertenberger in 2007, the last odd-year election. Nereson won the race with 239 of the votes.

Leading up to the election, candidates thought tight district finances prompted more interest in this year's School Board race with two contested elections. Vance Fulton beat challenger Laurie Hallenbeck in the other race.

Board President Brian Hoza, who represents District E, and Kurt Frentress, of District C, ran unopposed. Hoza, who received 450 votes, was elected to his third four-year term on the board. Kurt Frentress, who has been a board member since 1995, received 461 votes.


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