No decision on vacancy

Steamboat School Board calls special meeting Friday to fill open seat


In other action

The School Board also:

- Accepted resignations from JoDett Freeman as second-grade teacher at Soda Creek Elementary and Tony Prieto as part-time custodian at Soda Creek.

- Approved hiring of Luke Walker, Soda Creek/Strawberry Park Elementary severe needs paraprofessional; Beth Wieland, Steamboat Springs Middle School resource/paraprofessional; Kellen Baker, varsity baseball coach; Jeff Keller, middle school assistant boys basketball coach; Chris Adams, middle school boys basketball coach.

- Approved Type III Emergency Authorization of Vanessa Hoff, eighth grade science; Lance Pugh, physiology/sports injuries; Leslie Gumbrecht, English as a Second Language high school.

- Approved updated substitute list.

- Approved substitute teacher pay adjustment.

- Approved resolution to oppose both Amendment 39 and Referendum J.

- Approved American Fidelity 457(b) Plan Resolution.

— The Steamboat Springs School Board called a special session for Friday to appoint a District 5 board member because it could not reach a consensus at Monday's meeting.

The meeting is at 4 p.m. at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center.

The board interviewed applicants Laura Anderson and Jerry Kozatch for 15 minutes each before voting Monday.

Jeff Troeger moved to nominate Anderson and Pat Gleason seconded it. John DeVincentis and Denise Connelly did not vote for Anderson.

DeVincentis moved to nominate Kozatch, but his motion did not receive a second.

Gleason had asked before the initial round of voting if it were possible for the board to adjourn and discuss the applicants in private, but Superintendent Donna Howell said the board's attorney had advised that all discussion and votes be held in public.

The board must appoint an applicant within 60 days of a resignation. Former board member Tom Miller-Freutel's resignation was effective Aug. 28, giving the board until the end of the month to fill the seat.

"I want to thank both Laura and Jerry," DeVincentis said. "We have a hard decision because you both are very involved."

Kozatch is a member of the city's Education Fund Board, which recommends how the School Board should spend revenues from a citywide, voter-approved half-cent sales tax. Kozatch is chairman of the Fund Board's Technology Commission and a former member of its Educational Excellence Commission.

He also is a former, 6-year member of the school district's District Accountability Committee, and a former member of the Parent Information Committee at Strawberry Park.

Kozatch's two children attended Strawberry Park Elementary School, Steamboat Springs Middle School and Steamboat Springs High School.

Anderson's two sons have followed the same path, and currently are students at the high school.

Anderson is actively involved with parent information committees at each school, and with accountability committees at the middle school and high school. She is the former middle school parent representative to the District Accountability Committee.

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.

During Monday's interviews, the board asked Anderson and Kozatch the same questions, but the four members could not reach a decision and wanted more time.

Despite the no decision, both applicants stayed for the remainder of Monday's meeting.


Magpie 10 years, 6 months ago

Oh, come on school board. You have two good candidates who have shown their commitment to the school disctirct already. It feels irresponsible for you not to have made a decision last night.


trouter 10 years, 6 months ago

Is this a public forum or not?From what I can tell, it looks like comments from earlier today were "edited out". Perhaps this was a mistake, in which case, I am sure the comments will be re-posted for public comment.


Magpie 10 years, 6 months ago

Um, Trouter - I think you commented on the other article about the school board vacancy and your comment there is still posted.


trouter 10 years, 6 months ago

Magpie- Let me know which article and date of publication. I am not finding that conversation. Thank you.


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