Havener to resign before election

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— Steamboat Springs School Board Vice President Tami Havener on Monday said she would resign as soon as her spot or another current vacancy on the board is filled.

Havener announced her resignation previously, but had said she would continue to serve through November when her seat comes up for election.

At Monday's School Board meeting, she said she decided it would be in the district's interest for her to leave before November so that Michael Loomis could be appointed to her seat.

Loomis resigned last week because he just moved out of the 5th Director District, which he represented, into the 1st Director District, which Havener represents.

When he resigned, Loomis said he planned to run for Havener's seat when it opened in November.

Havener said her decision would provide "stability and continuity" for the district.

"I just think it makes more sense for the district for Michael to be intimately involved" through the summer and fall, she said.

The School Board continued discussion on the policy "Distribution/Positing of Material and Dissemination of Certain Spoken Material," and will have a second reading of a new draft policy at its next meeting. The School Board accepted resignations of eight district employees. Those were Joan Allsberry, counselor at Steamboat Springs High School; Jeni Holloway, payroll manager; Andrea Larkin, severe needs aide at Soda Creek Elementary; Monica Weber, speech-language pathologist; Elizabeth Hill, English Language Learner aide; Linda Herrick, severe needs aide at Strawberry Park Elementary; Greg Hance, seventh-grade math and science teacher; and Christa Ikard, teacher and athletic trainer at Steamboat Springs High School. The School Board accepted 10 gifts from the Education Fund Board, including $80,000 for a grant writer, $10, 000 for climbing walls at each elementary school, $40,000 to complete an upgrade of the high school network, and $16,500 for expenses required for staff and student training.

Havener said that she and Loomis usually view issues similarly, so either of them would represent the 1st Director District's vote in the same way.

Retiring Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal John DeVincentis said he plans to run for the 1st Director District seat in November. He was not at Monday's meeting when Havener made her announcement, but said afterward that it was not a surprise that Havener would resign early. He said that he would not ask to be appointed.

"I want to be voted in by people," he said.

Havener's decision and suggestion to appoint Loomis, DeVincentis said, makes it appear that the School Board was "maneuvering somehow to try to avoid having that seat up for election."

He said he did not think that Loomis would have an advantage if he were appointed before the election.

Loomis' position is being advertised and the School Board has 60 days from his May 15 resignation to fill the position.

Havener said that other people besides Loomis could apply for her position and that she was not sure how long the position would have to be advertised before it could be filled.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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