S. Routt board has opening

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— The South Routt School Board has a vacancy that needs to be filled within a month.

At their meeting Thursday night in Oak Creek, board members discussed the void left by the resignation of former School Board President Hank deGanahl.

That void could be hard to fill.

DeGanahl represented Dist--rict 5, a rural portion of the South Routt School District that is bordered on the south by Eagle County, on the east by Grand County and on the west by Garfield and Rio Blanco counties. The north boundary of the district cuts a line through Routt County, partially from the intersection of Routt County roads 11 and 17 to C.R. 132. The town of Yampa is not part of the district.

"There's not many people that live out there," School Board President Tim Corrigan said.

DeGanahl resigned at the end of the Nov. 10 board meeting. He served on the South Routt School Board for six years, including four years as board president.

DeGanahl explained his resignation Friday.

"One reason is personal, and the second reason is (that ) with no kids (of my own) in the district, I felt fairly out of touch," deGanahl said. "It was time for me to move on and for someone with a more vested interest to step up."

DeGanahl's 19-year-old son, Andy, graduated from Soroco High School in the spring.

Superintendent Kelly Reed said administrators need to fill the position by the board's Jan. 19 meeting to stay within state education guidelines.

If the position is not filled, Reed said, the board will continue to work with six members.

Interested District 5 residents can submit application letters to the school district's administrative offices, behind Soroco High School in Oak Creek, through Jan. 10. The offices can be reached by phone at 736-2313.

The term is until November 2007, when a new board member will be elected.

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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