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Hayden School District mailing ballots for special election seeking redistricting

— Voters in the Hayden School District as soon as Wednesday will start receiving ballots for a special mail-in election to determine how School Board members are elected in the future.

To attract more candidates and make the races more competitive, the current Hayden School Board is proposing that all of its board members be elected at-large.

Currently, members only can run in one of the five districts they live in.

Like other school boards in Routt County, Hayden hasn’t seen many contested races in recent years.

The board is hoping the change attracts more candidates.

Superintendent Mike Luppes said the pros of the change would be the prospect of more contested elections and the adoption of a system that ensures "the best candidates are elected" regardless of where they live in the district.

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He acknowledged that the potential consequence of the change is the potential for one neighborhood or part of the district to be over-represented or under-represented.

"We feel the district is similar enough throughout that there’s not a large concern about moving away from the districts at this time," Luppes said. "We currently have three candidates we consider rural, and two who live in town. We have a good balance."

Voters have until 7 p.m. June 18 to mail back or turn in the ballot.

Drop off locations include the Hayden Town Hall and the school district’s administrative offices.

Luppes said ballots will be mailed to about 1,200 voters.

The election in Hayden kicks off as the majority of the Steamboat Springs School Board also has expressed a desire to make the change.

The board here will decide at a meeting next month to put the question on the ballot in November.

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

Election ends June 18

Voters have until June 18 to mail back the ballots they will receive this week. They also can be dropped off at locations including the Hayden Town Hall and the administrative offices at the school district. The school district will stay open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 18 to collect ballots.

The ballot asks:

Shall the plan adopted by the Board of Education of the Hayden School District, which changes the director district plan of representation for elected directors of the Board of Education to an at-large plan of representation, be approved?

__ For the proposed at-large plan of representation.

__ Against the proposed at-large plan of representation.

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