Monday, September 3, 2007
Steamboat Springs Two of the three open Steamboat Springs School Board seats will be contested in the Nov. 6 election.
Anne Muhme, the school district's assistant to the superintendent, confirmed this weekend that no new candidates emerged Friday, the last day for potential board members to hand in their nomination petitions. As it stands, Lisa Brown will run unopposed for the District 2 seat currently held by Jeff Troeger; Laura Anderson will run against School Board member Jerry Kozatch for the District 5 seat; and Robin Crossan will battle School Board member Char Rusk for the District 4 seat.
It was thought that a couple additional candidates might come forward in the last days before the deadline, but the School Board ballot is now set.
"No one else came in before the deadline," Muhme said Saturday.
School Board President Denise Connelly and member John DeVincentis aren't up for re-election until 2009. But with a majority of the board's seats on the line, the results of Election Day likely will mean the difference between a new direction and a continuation of the policies and priorities established by the current School Board.
The board has caught heat for its decision to buy out the remaining two years of former superintendent Donna Howell's contract. Board members said the decision was necessary for the school district to move forward.
Troeger, the board's most veteran member, announced last week that he wouldn't seek re-election. He said the time commitment of being on the board has become too much to bear.
"I want my life back," Troeger said at the time of his announcement. "For the last six months, there have been times I've been spending four or five hours a day, five or six days a week on this. It robs time from family, work and our plain life. After a while, it got to be too much."
His withdrawal provides an opening for Brown, who is all but assured of filling the District 2 seat.
Anderson and Kozatch previously squared off for the District 5 seat. Both volunteered for the position after former board president Tom Miller-Freutel resigned in September 2006. At the time, Connelly and DeVincentis voted to appoint Kozatch to the seat; Troeger and former board member Pat Gleason voted for Anderson. The tie forced a subsequent special meeting in October 2006 during which Troeger voiced his support for Anderson but voted for Kozatch, giving Kozatch the majority vote needed to become a board member.
Rusk was appointed to the School Board in June to replace Gleason, who resigned after releasing controversial e-mails written by DeVincentis when he was principal at Strawberry Park Elementary School. She'll run against Crossan, who is president of the Education Fund Board, which administers revenue from the city's half-cent sales tax for education.
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