Open school board seats across Routt County draw little interest
August 11, 2015
Steamboat Springs — As of Tuesday, only one candidate is planning to run for one of four seats opening up on the Steamboat Springs Board of Education.
Current board member Joey Andrew has picked up a petition to run for re-election and is working on collecting the required signatures. Petitions have been available since Aug. 5.
Andrew's term is expiring this year, along with the terms of three other directors on the five-member board.
Board member Scott Bideau said he will not seek re-election, member Sherri Sweers said Monday she is undecided on whether she will run, and eight-year board member Robin Crossan is term-limited and cannot run.
Board President Roger Good learned during the weekend he was not selected to fill an open seat he applied for on the State Board of Education, leaving him to finish his current term on the school board, which runs through 2017.
"It's bittersweet," Good said Monday about the news that he was not chosen for the state board. "But I'm looking forward to the next two years on the Steamboat Springs School Board."
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Andrew, 30, said his decision to run for re-election was based partly on the need for consistency on the board.
"I feel like there is still a lot of work to be done, and there's been a lot of turnover on the board level," Andrew said. "If the bond is successful, or even if it's not, being able to provide some consistency of membership and leadership on the board will help our district."
A fifth-generation Steamboat Springs resident and former substitute teacher, Andrew was originally elected to the board in 2013 for a two-year term but is now seeking a four-year term.
Though the board takes up about 900 hours of time each year, Andrew said, he is trying to encourage others to run for the open seats.
"I'd love to get somebody else around my age, or even younger, to run," he said.
In Hayden, no petitions have been picked up for the two positions opening up this year.
Board members Vance Fulton and Sharon Nereson have both served on the board for eight years and have terms expiring in 2015.
In South Routt, four of the five board members up for re-election have picked up petitions to run. South Routt election official Lori Lombardi declined to identify which candidate hadn't picked up a petition.
After picking up petitions, candidates have 10 days to file their candidacy information with the Colorado Secretary of State, which no South Routt candidates had done as of Tuesday.
Those interested in running for one of the three boards can pick up petitions from election officials at each district office.