Fund Board staggers terms to prevent vacancy holes

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The Education Fund Board hopes a new system of assigning terms to its members will prevent large clusters of vacancies from popping up in the future.

During the past few months, the Fund Board and the Steamboat Springs School Board have discussed a way of staggering the terms of Fund Board and Fund Board commission members after the School Board was forced to extend the terms of 14 people in September. The extended terms were necessary when members realized 15 of 26 total seats on the Fund Board and its commissions expired in August, September or October.

Under the new staggered-term policy, which was drafted by former School Board president Paul Fisher and approved by the Fund Board at its Wednesday meeting, half of the group's terms will expire June 30. The other half of the terms will expire June 30, 2005.

However, the terms of the Fund Board's three newest members won't expire until June 30, 2006, as will the terms of four vacant positions that remain unfilled. Two seats on the Technology Commission, one seat on the Educational Excellence Commission and one seat on the Capital Commission remain unfilled.

To keep all term expirations consistent, Fund Board members who replace a spot vacated by a resignation will complete only the remainder of that spot's pre-defined term. Those new members will be able to apply for a full two-year term at the conclusion of the term they filled.

Seats on the Fund Board and its three commissions are open to any community member who lives in Steamboat. The Fund Board administers the Education Fund, which receives about $1.8 million each year through a half-cent sales tax. Revenue generated by the tax is for Steamboat Springs School District projects and programs.

-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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