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In South Routt, Palyo tops Dean for School Board position

Jules Palyo

— Jules Palyo won the South Routt School District seat he first attempted to fill four years ago.

With 66 percent of the vote, the Flat Tops Ranch Supply owner and active South Routt volunteer handily defeated former Soroco High School teacher Byron Dean to win the open District 4 seat.

"I'm looking forward to getting to work and to help this school district earn the Accredited with Distinction ranking," Palyo said Tuesday night.

Palyo has served on South Routt Elementary School's Accountability Committee, the Soroco Secondary Schools Accountability Committee and as a representative on the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board's Education Excellence Commission.

He said during the campaign that having three children in the school district will allow him to help the board make decisions that benefit all students. He also said his business experience would be beneficial during the school board's budget discussions.

Reflecting on the race Tuesday night, Dean said the campaign remained friendly, and he offered his congratulations to Palyo.

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"The people have decided, and that's great. Jules will do fine," Dean said. "I just thought I could bring some past experience to the board. That was the main reason I was running. It wasn't any type of a competition. I think we have a lot of the same goals, so it's not a problem."

Dean taught vocational agriculture, physics, chemistry and auto mechanics classes at Soroco High School for 30 years. He also has served for 27 years on the Routt County Fair Board and spent 18 years on South Routt's District Accountability Committee.

Dean is the father-in-law of South Routt School Board member Brett Mason, who this year ran unopposed for his District 7 seat. Board President Tim Corrigan also ran unopposed for his third term.

Palyo will serve in the seat being vacated by Linda Long, a lifelong Routt County resident who worked with the South Routt School District for 40 years, starting as a teacher's aide in 1971. Palyo ran unsuccessfully against Long in 2007.

— To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email

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