A neighbor, not a politician.
Christina Eichelkraut was appointed to the Balsz Education School District in May 2021. She was encouraged to apply for a vacancy by many neighbors and community members. Most people knew Christina from the school board meetings she regularly attends or the times she knocked on their door to collect signatures for District initiatives, including the override that funded Tillman Middle School.
Christina has lived in the Balsz School District for 12 years. As a community advocate she has worked with the Balsz School District to implement programs that include clean-ups and G.A.I.N. events. She has represented her community on several of the school district's subcommittees during the past six years, helping to craft the language for overrides and weigh in on the superintendent's search.
As a board member, Christina has voted time and again to keep schools safe, representing the teachers, staff and parents in their stated priorities. She supported the Governing Board's selection of the incoming superintendent Dr. George Barnes because she understands the importance of visible leadership that reflects the Balsz School District's diverse community.
Christina takes phone calls, answers emails, and listens to her neighbors. She knows the district's diversity is its greatest strength and casts her votes with an aim to represent community stakeholders, not advance a personal, politicized agenda. She refuses to be held hostage by tweets, political slogans or talking points -- her responsibility is to the Balsz School District, and that is who she represents. Christina is always willing to discuss her votes, even if it's an exploration of divergent views.
Christina also serves on the Camelback East Village Planning Committee where she frequently advocates for affordable housing and accessibility that goes beyond ADA housing codes. She is also head of the Orangedale Neighborhood Association where she relentlessly pursues infrastructure improvements and community building.