Steamboat Springs Laura Anderson and Jerry Kozatch have been volunteering in the Steamboat Springs School District for years.
On Monday, the two will interview for the District 5 seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board, which was vacated when Tom Miller-Freutel resigned Aug. 28. The School Board is scheduled to appoint a new member following the interviews.
"I thought it was important that the School Board have a choice in candidates," Anderson said. "I think we have a great district, but if students are at the high end or low end, I think we struggle a little bit, or if their interests are outside the box."
Anderson created the Partners in Educating and Advocating for Kids Success program. She is the chairperson for PEAKS, which is a support group for parents and teachers of high ability students.
Anderson said she is interested in the special education and English as a Second Language programs in the district.
Kozatch also has several issues he believes need to be examined.
"The dropout rate is a serious problem that I don't believe is getting public attention," he said. "Also, the performing arts problem is not getting attention. It's a nation-wide, and maybe, it's a worldwide problem. They are cutting programs everywhere."
Kozatch is president of the Technology Commission and a member of the Education Fund Board, which recommends to the School Board how half-cent sales tax proceeds should be spent.
Kozatch's two children are no longer in the district. Anderson's two sons are high school students.
Anderson is actively involved with Parent Information Committees at each school, and the School Accountability Committees at the middle school and high school. She is the former middle school parent representative to the District Accountability Committee.
Kozatch was a six-year member of the District Accountability Committee. He also has been a member of the Educational Excellence Commission.
Anderson will be interviewed at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Kozatch will be interviewed at 6:45 p.m. Monday.
A third applicant, Danielle Skov, withdrew her name because she does not live in the District 5 boundaries.
The original deadline to apply for the board vacancy has passed, but Steamboat Springs Superintendent Donna Howell said the deadline has been extended to Friday.
Interested applicants should submit a resume and a letter of interest addressed to the board. Applications can be turned in to the district office on Seventh Street.