People who want to run for a local school board have until Friday to turn in nomination petitions.
A petition has been turned in for one of the three openings on the Steamboat Springs School Board, and one has been turned in for one of three openings on the South Routt School Board. Two petitions have been turned in for the three openings on the Hayden School Board.
South Routt meeting The South Routt School Board is holding a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to answer questions about being on the School Board. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage people to consider running for one of the three board seats open this November. The meeting will be held at the home of former teacher Julie Hoff, 30350 Coyote Run Court in the Stagecoach area. The meeting is open to everyone. Call the South Routt Administration Office at 736-2313 with questions. Petitions due Friday School Board nomination petitions are available at the administration offices for the Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt school districts. Anyone interested in running must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a registered voter and a resident of the district in which the person wants to run. To get on the ballot, people need 50 signatures or signatures from at least 15 percent of the eligible voters in the district for which they are running. In Hayden, 25 signatures must be gathered. Petitions must be returned by Friday. Candidates also must file a candidate affidavit with the Routt County Clerk and Recorder's Office within 10 days of publicly announcing their candidacies.
Additional candidates have announced they plan to run and are expected to turn in their petitions in the coming days.
In the South Routt School District, only AlidaLee Ginge-rich has announced her plans to run -- for the District 1 seat -- and has turned in a petition.
The South Routt School Board is holding an informational work session Thursday night to explain what being a board member entails, including the time commitment for the position. The meeting will be at a former teacher's Stagecoach home.
The hope, Superintendent Kelly Reed said, is to encourage people to run for one of the three seats open this November. The School Board also would like to fill the vacant Director District 2 seat, opened when Gingerich moved into Director District 1 this summer and subsequently was appointed to that seat.
Reed said several other people have picked up petitions, but none had been turned in as of noon Tuesday.
In the Steamboat Springs School District, as of noon Tuesday, only John De--Vincentis, former principal of Strawberry Park Elementary School, had turned in a petition to run. DeVincentis is running for the Director District 1 seat.
Anne Muhme, elections official for the school district, said petitions also have been picked up by current School Board members Michael Loomis, for Director District 1, and Tom Miller-Freutel, for Director Dis-trict 5.
Longtime teacher Denise Connelly, who retired this year, has picked up a petition to run for the Director District 3 seat held by School Board President Paula Stephenson, who is not running for re-election.
Muhme said one other person picked up a petition, but that person did not say whom the petition was for.
In the Hayden School Dis-trict, two petitions have been turned in, elections official Jnl Linsacum said. Petitions have been turned in by business owner Jeff Fry, who is running for Director District A, and by incumbent Brian Hoza, who is running for Director District E.
Petitions also have been picked up by Patty Bruchez, incumbent for Director Dis-trict A, and Kurt Frentress, School Board president and incumbent for Director District C.
Linsacum said that one petition was taken out by a person who wouldn't say whom the petition was for.