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Loomis appointed to 1st District spot

Michael Loomis was chosen to represent the 1st Director District on Monday. He is replacing outgoing School Board Vice President Tami Havener.

Loomis recently resigned from his position representing the 5th Director District because he moved out of the district. Since he moved into the 1st Director District, he was eligible to replace Havener. He was the only applicant for the position.

He said that after a year and a half on the School Board, he thinks he finally is a proficient board member. So, he said he thinks it’s his duty to continue on the board.

Loomis plans to run for the seat in the November election. But he is reluctant to face retiring Strawberry Park Elementary principal John DeVincentis, who has announced his plans to run for that seat.

Havener has served on the School Board for five years. She was appointed in November 2000, and was elected to a four-year term the next year. She formally resigned halfway through Monday’s meeting, though she had announced her resignation last month. Loomis was appointed after she resigned.

Havener said she was sad to go, but she previously has said her resignation would help provide continuity and stability.

“I totally enjoyed my time,” Havener said. “It feels very odd to me to not complete the entire term.”

School Board President Paula Stephenson said that it has been a pleasure serving with Havener for the past five years, and that Havener would be missed greatly.

Superintendent Donna How–ell echoed those comments.

“Thank you for your contributions,” Howell said. “You’re going to be missed.”

School Board member Pat Gleason said that even though he and Havener often disagreed, he thinks her perspective was necessary and helped the School Board make better decisions.

Loomis will represent the 1st Director District at the June 20 meeting.

The seat left by Loomis still is open. Only Tom Miller-Freutel has applied for that seat, but Miller-Freutel could not be interviewed at Monday’s meeting. He will be interviewed and could be appointed June 20.

The district has stopped advertising for the 5th Director District position, but anyone who still is interested can submit a resume and might be considered, Stephenson said.

In related business, the School Board approved updates to a map and description of the Director District boundaries. The district boundaries were re-evaluated this fall, but the map had not been updated.

Also, the School Board did not discuss in depth a revised policy on distributing and posting noncurricular material at district schools. Gleason and Stephenson said they preferred how the previous policy allowed such distribution to take place inside the Steamboat Springs Middle School. School Board member Jeff Troeger, however, said he preferred how the revised policy allowed such distribution only inside the high school.

Stephenson said that the decision was an important one best made when a full School Board was present, so the discussion was put off until the next meeting.

— To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com