Applications for vacant Steamboat Springs School Board seat due Wednesday

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— Community members interested in serving on the Steamboat Springs School Board have until the end of the day Wednesday to turn in their applications to fill the vacant post.

The applications, however, haven’t been piling up.

District Administrative Assistant Debbie Ginesta said in an email that only two completed applications had been submitted, but one of those remains in limbo due to work commitments. As of Monday afternoon, Tony Rosso, who ran against Roger Good for the District 1 seat in the November election, was the lone contender for the open seat.

The seat is a two-year position and would be up for re-election in 2015. The position was left vacant by former board member Denise Connelly, who was term-limited after eight years of service.

“You’re always hoping people will step up,” Superintendent Brad Meeks said. “But we hear from people that they are interested, but there’s a concern with time commitment, which I understand. But you’re stepping into the position where a district is stepping up academically and financially."

Meeks added that the district is in a state of real strength and growth, and he is hoping one last push for applications will help make the vacancy a competitive race.

According to Ginesta, the board has to appoint someone by Jan. 24 in order to meet the state statute for filling a board vacancy. Meeks said interested candidates can reach Ginesta for application information at 970-871-3193.

Candidate interviews will be held on Thursday.

Attracting interest in school board positions hasn’t been easy for the district as of late. Over the past 10 years, 14 seats have been filled in five elections, but only seven of those positions were contested.

In November, voters approved a measure making all the school board positions at-large seats, instead of the former format of districted spots.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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