Two candidates apply for District 4 seat

Steamboat Springs School Board appointment to be made Monday

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— The Steamboat Springs School Board has received two applications from women interested in filling the vacant seat on the board.

Darcy Trask and Char Rusk have written formal letters of interest to fill the District 4 seat vacated when Pat Gleason resigned several months ago.

The School Board began the interview process Thursday when Trask sat before the board to answer questions about her experience and reasons for wanting to be on the School Board. Rusk did not attend Thursday's specially scheduled meeting. She is expected to be interviewed Monday during the board's regularly scheduled study session at 6:30 p.m. at the George P. Sauer Human Services Center.

The School Board is expected to appoint an applicant Monday. Trask or Rusk will have to run for election in November or vacate the seat.

Rusk has lived in Steamboat for nearly 30 years. She has two children in the school district, including one who graduates Saturday. "Therefore I'm familiar with all the levels of the schools in the district," she wrote in her application letter.

"I've always been involved and interested in our schools, and highly value our small school district and community," Rusk wrote.

Trask worked for the district for two years as a nutrition services director. She also has two children in the district. Currently, Trask is an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College.

"I feel strongly that one of the strengths I bring is a pretty good understanding of the structure of the district," Trask said. "I have a fair understanding of all four buildings."

School Board member Jeff Troeger asked Trask why she applied.

"I had a concern when no one had stepped up," Trask said. "The school district had a need for me to help in this way."

Board member John DeVincentis asked Trask how she would handle confidential information. Trask said her previous work with the district's confidential student information has given her experience with how to carefully handle such information.

Board member Jerry Kozatch, who was appointed late last year, was interested in Trask's intentions come November.

Trask said she was undecided whether she would run in November's election if appointed Monday.

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