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Hayden School Board members to run again

Tamera Manzanares

Two of three Hayden School Board members whose terms are ending said they hope to keep their seats after the November elections.

Board president Kurt Frentress, treasurer Patty Bruchez and board member Brian Hoza will be up for re-election Nov. 1.

Bruchez and Hoza said they plan to run for their seats, though they have not filed the necessary paperwork with the district.

Frentress, who has been on the board for almost 10 years — the longest of any current member — is not yet sure whether he will seek re-election.

“I have been there for quite some time,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m ready for another four years. I’m thinking about it.”

Frentress represents District C, an area directly southwest of Hayden, where he owns and operates a ranch. He was appointed to the board in 1995.

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Although there are many rewards to the job, it can be stressful and take a personal toll, he said.

At the same time, Frentress would like to see student achievement improve and the school district in a better budgetary position before he leaves.

“I’d like to see the schools in a good situation. … I’d hate to jump ship,” he said.

Board members recently had to make tough budget decisions, including reducing the teaching staff at Hayden Valley Elementary School.

Facing considerable opposition, the board also approved a four-day school week for students during part of the 2005-06 school year as a way to provide teachers more time to plan student-achievement goals and interventions.

Hoza has appreciated the opportunity to use his strong background in education to help make some of those decisions and to serve the Hayden community.

In 2001, Hoza was elected from among five candidates to represent District E, made up of subdivisions and areas mostly south of Hayden.

He is assistant dean for student services at Colorado Mountain College and also has experience in student development, educational assessment and understanding administrative structures, budgets and curricula.

“The difficult decisions are challenges to move through,” he said. “I’m comfortable in that arena and attempting to listen to perspectives and feedback to come to conclusions that are in the best interests of the district.”

Hoza said he wants to remain on the board as long as his services are beneficial to the district.

“The feedback I’ve received to date has been favorable in terms of my role on the board,” he said.

Bruchez, who was elected in 2001, also served a two-year stint on the board in the mid-1980s as a replacement for another member. She represents District A, mostly northwest of Hayden.

Bruchez hopes all the incumbents seek re-election to maintain the current board, which is strong and cohesive, she said.

“When it comes to any decision, there always is lots of discussion, not always on the same page — most times not,” she said. “I think we are strong in that we can collaborate, we can discuss, and we have mutual respect for each other’s opinions.”

Although no candidates have filed paperwork to run for the elections, Hoza expects that will change in the coming months.

“I know there’s interest, not only in my district, but others,” he said. “I’m just not sure which of those individuals may choose to enter the race.”

— To reach Tamera Manzanares call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com

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