District 2 seat on Steamboat Springs School Board sees 2nd letter of interest

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— The appointment for the District 2 seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board has become a contest.

Jim Kissane has joined Sam Jones, a financial adviser and founder of the Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund, in applying for the seat vacated by former board member Wayne Lemley.

Monday was the deadline to submit a letter of interest for the seat.

Kissane said he has lived in Steamboat Springs for more than 34 years. He initially came to Steamboat for the skiing after graduating from Colorado State University in 1970.

After working for Steamboat Ski Area, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Howelsen Hill, Kissane left for Denver for a few years.

He came back to Steamboat Springs in 1979 to work for TIC. When he retired in August, Kissane was a controller for the global construction firm after serving as its CFO before it was bought by Kiewit in 2008.

Kissane and his wife, Erin, have children who attend The Lowell Whitman School, Emerald Mountain School and a private prep school in California, but their children were in Steamboat Springs public schools in the past.

Kissane has served on Yampa Valley Medical Center’s board of trustees and the board of the Discovery Learning Center.

“My main background is financial,” he said, adding he hopes that experience can benefit the board.

“My main interest is just to contribute,” Kissane said. “And do what’s best for the schools and the school system.”

School Board President Brian Kelly said interviews with the two candidates are tentatively scheduled for Jan. 16, with a final decision on the time and place to be decided at Monday’s board meeting.

The interviews are open to the public, and the board will vote on which candidate to appoint.

Whoever is selected will serve till November, when that person can decide whether to run for the seat in the board's regularly scheduled election.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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