Steamboat Springs School Board supportive of potential redistricting

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— A majority of Steamboat Springs School Board members said Monday night that they are supportive of changing the way future board members are elected.

The board has had some difficulty in recent years attracting candidates in elections and wants to ask voters to create at-large seats for the School Board to replace some or all of the seats that currently are bound to five districts.

Three board members agreed to formally vote on the potential redistricting at the next meeting in June.

Currently, the five board members can run only in the districts in which they live.

“I think if it helps get people involved, it's good for us,” board member Jim Kissane said.

Board President Brian Kelly said he'd like to see all the districts converted into at-large seats, noting he doesn't think board members make any decisions based on the district they represent.

If the change is approved by voters, the first at-large seats would be up for election in 2015.

The planning for the potential redistricting comes as the Hayden School District prepares for a special June 18 mail-in election that will ask voters to approve the change there.

“If we go five at-large, we think we have a school district that's similar enough in their beliefs and values all the way around that people will vote for who they think the best School Board candidate is,” Superintendent Mike Luppes told the Steamboat Today in March. “They will elect the best board members available.”

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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