ORINDA UNION School District voters have the opportunity to elect a new majority to the governing board. Three incumbents have chosen not to run, leaving three seats vacant.

There are five candidates seeking the three positions: Julie Rossiter, Del Rey Elementary's legislative representative to the Las Trampas Creek Council; Sarah Butler, who has served on two school site councils; Chris Severson, an ER doctor and school volunteer; Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert, an elementary school volunteer, and Tyson Krumholz, an engineer with many family members who attended Orinda schools.

As is true in so many other school districts, Orinda faces tough fiscal challenges. Fortunately, Orinda has a generous community and a parcel tax that supplement lagging state funding.

All of the five candidates understand the difficulties ahead and all are committed to maintaining the district's excellent academic programs and student achievement.

What the district needs now is a school board that can work well together as a team and is willing to look at new ways to save money and work with the community to retain Orinda schools' excellence.

While all five candidates would serve the district well, we believe that the best new team on the board should include Rossiter, Severson and Krumholz.

These three have a combination of skills, dedication and compatibility that the district needs and that voters should support on Nov. 2.