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Steamboat Springs School Board selects new leaders, committee assignments

Newly elected Steamboat Springs Board of Education member Margaret Huron is sworn in by Judge Paul Sachs prior to Monday's meeting. Huron was selected later in the meeting as the new board chair.

— A Steamboat Springs Board of Education with three new members met Monday to select new leadership and begin tackling issues facing the district.

In a 3-2 vote, the board selected newly elected member Margaret Huron, a retired community college professor, as its new chair over former chair Roger Good.

Before anonymous votes using paper slips, Good, who was nominated by Joey Andrew, said he wished to remain as chair to continue leading the board through a number of projects and because of a desire to sign his daughter's diploma following her high school graduation later this school year, a role the board chair performs.

Michelle Dover nominated Huron, and the board had little other discussion before selecting Huron.

"I will have a bit of a learning curve, but I'm ready, willing and able," Huron said following Monday's meeting.

Also in a 3-2 vote, the board selected Colorado Mountain College administrator Sam Rush as its new vice chairman over former vice-chair Joey Andrew.

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Good was selected as board secretary, and Dover earned the position of board treasurer.

Rush, Huron, Dover and Andrew were all officially sworn in as board members earlier in the evening Monday.

The board also divided up committee assignments for its members, including Dover for the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Rush for collaborative bargaining with district staff, Huron for the Education Fund Board and Good for the District Accountability Committee and as a delegate to communicate with the Colorado Association of School Boards.

Andrew was selected as a board representative for district strategic planning and also as a delegate to explore a new role interacting with the community and other governmental boards.

Earlier in the meeting, the board discussed potential real and perceived conflicts of interest and also had an informal discussion with a representative visiting from CASB.

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In other action:

Bond refinance

The board voted unanimously to refinance a 2006 bond that helped fund the reconstruction of Soda Creek Elementary and additions at Strawberry Park Elementary.

The district will refund and refinance the $9.9 million bond, which will lead to a savings of about $40,000 annually between 2016 and 2022 and $195,000 annually between 2023 and 2026.

Outgoing members recognized

At the beginning of Monday’s meeting, board members and Superintendent Brad Meeks honored outgoing board members Robin Crossan, who served on the board for eight years, and Scott Bideau, who served on the board since January 2014.

Board member Sherri Sweers was unable to attend the meeting, but the board acknowledged her service on the board since July 2014.