Longtime Burbank Unified school board member Ted Bunch urged residents last week to consider running for the Burbank School Board, giving them plenty of time to weigh the decision in an effort to make sure there is a strong pool of candidates for election in April.

The retired teacher, who entered office in 2003, will not run for the seat again, although it’s been “one of the greatest achievements in my life,” he said.

“Because I will not be running again…it’s time for people in the community to really start running for office for this position up here,” he said.

When he initially ran for his seat to help oversee the district’s $100-million operation, Bunch said it was “exhausting — emotionally and physically” and urged residents to start building community support if they are thinking of doing something worthwhile in the city.

His post will be one of three that will be open for 2015.

Most recently, five residents ran for two open seats in 2013, including incumbent Larry Applebaum.

“This is one of the best jobs you can have,” Bunch said. “I’d like to see a lot of people run for it, but you need to start to think about that now.”

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