Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Members of the Steamboat Springs School Board will hold a special meeting this afternoon to interview candidates for vacancies on Education Fund Board commissions.
The School Board, which is responsible for appointing community members to the Fund Board's three commissions, hopes to begin filling the vacancies as soon as possible, President Paula Stephenson said.
Fifteen of the commissions' 26 seats expired in August, September or October of this year. In September, the School Board voted to extend through November the terms of 14 of the members whose two-year terms expired during that span.
Many of the members whose terms were extended have expressed an interest in continuing to serve the Fund Board, but the School Board was reluctant to grant those extensions until after the Nov. 4 election, particularly because three commission members ran for School Board seats.
School Board members plan to interview Jamie Hallman, Libby Ryan, John Belz and Keri Rusthoi during today's 4 p.m. meeting. A student disciplinary hearing originally scheduled to take place during the special meeting was canceled.
Superintendent Donna Howell said the meeting was scheduled because of the full agenda for the School Board's Dec. 15 meeting.
Likely to be among its agenda items is a vote to renew the terms of all Fund Board commission members who want to serve another two-year term. The School Board will address the vacancy situation while the Fund Board decides how to institute a staggered-term system, she said.
School Board and Fund Board members hope staggering terms will prevent future deluges of expired terms.
Seats on the Fund Board and its three commissions -- the Educational Excellence Commission, the Technology Commission and the Capital Commission -- are open to community members in the city of Steamboat Springs. The Fund Board administers the Education Fund, which receives about $2 million a year through a half-cent sales tax. The fund is dedicated to Steamboat Springs School District programs and projects.
The Fund Board meets at 7 p.m. today at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street. Among the items on the meeting agenda is a discussion of how the Fund Board's budgeting process can be fine-tuned and a focus forum to be conducted by Howell. Recommendations for staggering terms also is on the agenda.
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