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Most South Routt board races uncontested

Alexis DeLaCruz

— Three current South Routt School Board members feel pretty good about their chances of serving another term.

School Board President Tim Corrigan and members Joel Harris, who was appointed to the board in April, and Rodney Wilson are seeking re-election in uncontested races. Each term is for four years.

School board members Regina Hange, who represents District 2, and William Smith, who represents District 3, aren’t up for election until 2009. The District 1 seat remains unfilled, and no candidates stepped up for the position this fall.

Superintendent Kelly Reed said he is happy Wilson, Corrigan and Harris are interested in retaining their seats.

“The current board has done a tremendous job to provide quality services for our kids with limited budget means,” Reed said. “I have nothing but praise for the job they do.”

Corrigan, who represents District 6, is seeking his second term on the board and said he can help provide stability in light of recent board turnover.

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“The board has undergone so much turnover that I wanted to stay on to provide some continuity,” he said.

Corrigan was first elected to the board in 2003 to fill former board member Bob Logan’s seat. Corrigan moved to South Routt in 1981 after living in Clark. All four of Corrigan’s children attended school in South Routt. Corrigan is the former president of the Oak Creek Hockey Association and Rocky Mountain Youth Hockey League. He owns Timco Walls and Ceiling in Steamboat Springs.

Harris is seeking his first full term on the board. He and his wife own Rocky Mountain Pet Resorts west of Yampa. Harris’ 11-year-old daughter, Emily, was the impetus for him seeking appointment to the board.

“Of course that’s why I got involved,” he said. “She’s the apple of my eye.”

Harris said he has learned a lot about the district by serving on the board and hopes to have a strong voice in creating a cohesive K-12 curriculum.

“That’s probably No. 1 on my agenda,” he said. “That and attracting and retaining quality staff.”

Harris said he hopes South Routt voters will approve the district’s 3A and 3B ballot issues that would provide funding for general operating expenses and new school heating systems.

“We’re at a crossroads with out budgetary needs,” he said. “We definitely need to have this 3A issue pass. It’s going to be crucial for the betterment of our schools.”

Rodney Wilson, the board’s vice president and District 7 representative, will be serving his second term.

Wilson was unavailable for comment.