Steamboat Springs resident Jeff Troeger has been a professor at Colorado Mountain College for 20 years, and after winning Tuesday night's election, the longtime educator will bring that experience to the Steamboat Springs School Board.
"I think it's important to have people on the School Board who have experience in the classroom. I'm hoping to bring that perspective," Troeger said.
Troeger captured 1,734 votes Tuesday night en route to defeating Brian Kelly for the District 2 School Board seat. The seat is currently held by School Board President Paul Fisher, who didn't seek re-election.
"I thought it would be a very close race," Troeger said. "It was a good campaign. I'm sorry Brian and I had to run against each other. I think Brian is a great guy."
In the end, 240 votes separated the candidates, with Troeger securing 54 percent of the vote compared with Kelly's 46 percent.
"It's tough to say what happened," Kelly said after hearing the final vote tally. "It seems like it was a very low voter turnout, which is disappointing."
Kelly, who has served in a number of volunteer positions, including the Education Fund Board and its Educational Excellence Committee, said he planned to step down from those positions.
"It's time to let somebody else do it," Kelly said. "Whatever I've done in those positions the past several years hasn't been recognized."
Kelly stressed that there is no bitterness in the choice to step down, but he thinks that the vote shows people are looking for new blood on the School Board.
While Troeger is new to the School Board, he is not new to the district.
He served on the Education Fund Board in the past and was one of the Technology Commission's founding members.
Troeger teaches computer classes at CMC.
Troeger will step into his new position at the School Board's next meeting Nov. 17. Several pressing issues will greet him including a Montessori charter school and technology integration.
He said he was looking forward to meeting his fellow board members and beginning the process of solving those issues.