4 seats open for CMC board

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People who reside within the boundaries of the Steamboat Springs School District will vote next month for Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees hopefuls, including Steamboat resident and incumbent Rob Dick.

Dick, who serves as the board's District 5 representative and its treasurer, said CMC's trustees provide an oversight role for president and the seven campuses of the community college system.

"We are an oversight board that basically administers the work of the president of the college," Dick said. "We see our role as setting policy, not micromanaging."

It is the role of the seven trustees to look at the CMC system as a whole and to not just represent the interests of a local campus, such as Steamboat's Alpine Campus.

Dick, who was appointed to the board in 1998 and elected to a four-year term in 1999, is running unopposed this fall.

He said his interest in serving as a trustee is to promote higher educational opportunities. Education is essential in economic and personal growth, particularly in rural communities, Dick said. Increased educational opportunities keep communities strong and well informed, he said.

West Routt and South Routt county voters will not participate in the CMC Board of Trustees election because those areas of the county are not served by the community college.

Because it is a general election, Steamboat voters also will be able to vote for candidates in the three other CMC districts up for election.

Richard Bateman of Breckenridge, who serves as the Summit County trustee, is running unopposed in the District 4 race.

Chet Gaede and Helen Ginandes Weiss vie for the District 6 seat representing Lake County. Weiss previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees representing Eagle County for seven years.

Thomas Boas and John Patillo are running for the District 2 seat representing East Garfield County.

The CMC Board of Trustees has a total of seven seats. Electors in all six counties that comprise the CMC district appoint the representatives.

Responsibilities of the board include employing and evaluating the president, approving the budget, establishing college goals and monitoring the progress of the institution, according to CMC's Web site. The board usually meets on a monthly basis at rotating locations.

-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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