Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs School District's newly appointed School Board member is eager to bring his extensive business experience to future board meetings.
“It's sort of an honor to be selected, and I'm overwhelmed at the moment,” longtime Steamboat resident and retired TIC controller and CFO Jim Kissane said Wednesday night after the School Board voted unanimously to appoint him to the District 2 seat. “I'm looking forward to the challenge. I feel I have the business experience for this job. I'm also used to working with people who have a variety of different opinions.”
Kissane has lived in Steamboat for more than 34 years and initially was drawn to the Yampa Valley by the opportunity to ski on Mount Werner.
He worked for Steamboat Ski Area and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club before he started at TIC in 1979. He retired from the global construction firm in August.
Kissane was one of two candidates for the open board seat that became vacant after Wayne Lemley resigned to attend to personal matters.
After the other candidate, Sam Jones, wasn't selected, he told the School Board he would continue working to benefit the school district.
“I'll get back to fundraising,” the financial adviser said, referring to the Steamboat Springs Challenge Fund he helped launch with other parents last year to raise money for the district's two elementary schools.
Kissane was selected after both candidates were interviewed for about 30 minutes each.
Both men were asked eight questions ranging from what they thought was the biggest challenge facing the district to what experience they had preparing budgets.
“I do have a lot of experience in that,” Kissane responded.
Board members said after the interviews that they were thrilled with both candidates but leaned toward Kissane because they thought his experience working in a large corporation could translate well onto the School Board.
“Sam's main strength is his passion for schools. Jim's main strength is his history of dealing with conflict resolution and finances in a large corporation,” board President Brian Kelly said.
Kissane, who was sworn in Wednesday night, will serve on the board until the term expires in November. He said he would like to run for a two-year term in the seat during the next election.
Kissane also has served on Yampa Valley Medical Center's board of trustees and on the Discovery Learning Center board.
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