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School district seeks to fill two vacant spots

Christine Metz

— With just three candidates representing Steamboat Springs’ three school districts, voters did not have much of a choice as to who would fill the open school board positions on the Nov. 6 ballot.

But the school board will now get the chance to choose from applicants to decide who will fill the vacancy left by recently elected Gary Buchan.

Less than a minute after Buchan was sworn in as a school board member Nov. 12, he handed in his resignation, stating a job relocation to Baltimore, Md., would mean his term would end a little more than a month after it began.

Buchan, who was one of three school board members elected Nov. 6, will be leaving the board after the Dec. 17 meeting.

In late October and early November, Buchan began considering a transfer to Maryland with his company, Twentymile Coal Co. in Oak Creek, Superintendent Cyndy Simms said.

That timing made it much too late for Buchan to withdraw his name from a candidates’ list that was determined in early September.

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Before deciding to run for the school board this fall, Buchan was a longtime member of the district technology commission.

The school board must find a replacement within 60 days of Buchan’s resignation.

Under the state code, the school board will accept applications for the vacant position and then appoint a new school board member.

If the school board does not agree on a replacement within 60 days, the decision then goes to the president, Paul Fisher.

Although the board does not have to make an official decision until Feb. 15, it has already advertised for the opening and set an application deadline of Nov. 30. To apply for the position, applicants need to send a letter of interest to Fisher, which will then be reviewed by the school board.

All applicants interested in the four-year term that runs through November 2005 must come from Steamboat Springs’ District 4, made up of precincts 1, 2 and 19. That area includes part of Old Town, the north side of Fish Creek Falls Road and along Elk River Road.

With a Nov. 30 deadline, Simms said the board hopes to have the selection process under way by December and a decision by January.

The departure of Ralph Cantafio on the technology commission leaves another vacant position in the district. Open to any school district resident, the position on the tech board would help make recommendations to the education fund board on how money from the half-cent sales tax could be used for improving or bringing in new technology to the schools.

“It’s a great opportunity to decide how that money from the half-cent sales tax should be spent,” Simms said.

The position would be a two-year term that would run until September 2003. The tech commission meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.