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Los quatro candidatos a la junta del distrito escolar de Roaring Fork en sus propias palabras

Cinco candidatos competirán por dos puestos en la junta de educación del distrito escolar de Roaring Fork el 2 de noviembre.

Los candidatos para el Distrito E—actualmente ocupado por Jennifer Schurer—son Steven Fotion y Kathryn Kuhlenberg.

En el Distrito A, Chase McWhorter y Kenny Teitler competirán por el puesto de Jen Rupert.

Según Ballotpedia, se espera que los secretarios del condado envíen por correo las boletas entre 18 y 22 días antes de las elecciones, o el 15 de octubre a más tardar para las elecciones del 2 de noviembre.

Antes de sus campañas, el Post Independent se dirigió a cada candidato para solicitar una breve introducción en sus propias palabras. Aquí están los cinco candidatos para la junta de educación del distrito escolar de Roaring Fork:

Distrito A

Chase McWhorter

Chase McWhorter, candidato del 2021 a la junta de educación escolar de Roaring Fork, Distrito A.
Chase McWhorter/Foto de cortesía

Antecedentes personales: No tengo experiencia en educación y no he vivido en Roaring Fork Valley más tiempo que los otros candidatos. Soy un padre con hijos a punto de ingresar al sistema escolar. Trabajo en publicaciones y me gradué de la Universidad del Sur de California, donde combiné la universidad con ser miembro de los equipos de fútbol campeones del Rose Bowl.

Filosofía educativa: Se debe enseñar a los estudiantes cómo pensar, no qué pensar. Todo lo que esté fuera de las materias básicas debe dejarse en manos de los padres.

Filosofía de las partes interesadas: Se debe priorizar el empoderamiento de la relación alumno/padre/maestro. La junta o el personal administrativo deben apoyar, no dictar, con la junta que supervisa al personal administrativo.

Filosofía organizacional: la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas deben priorizarse y los miembros electos de la junta deben recordar que son elegidos para servir a los votantes.

Filosofía política: “Reglas para ti, no para mí” el elitismo burocrático es un problema en todo el país y no se limita a ningún partido político en particular.

Kenny Teitler

Kenny Teitler, candidato del 2021 a la junta de educación escolar de Roaring Fork, Distrito A.
Kenny Teitler/ Foto de cortesía

Mi nombre es Kenny Teitler. He vivido en Carbondale durante 26 años y en Roaring Fork Valley durante 29 años. Enseñé en el distrito escolar de Roaring Fork durante 26 años, tanto en Basalt como en Carbondale, antes de jubilarme en 2019. Actualmente doy clases de GED en Colorado Mountain College.

Mi esposa también dedicó su carrera a la educación, y tenemos dos hijas que se graduaron de las escuelas de Carbondale y este año están en el tercer y cuarto año de la universidad.

Mis metas como miembro de la junta escolar son representar la perspectiva de los maestros sobre lo que se necesita en el currículo y el desarrollo, ayudar a retener, contratar y pagar a los maestros, cerrar la brecha de aprendizaje que existe en nuestras escuelas y ser un puente entre los comunidad y las escuelas.

Creo que mis experiencias como maestro y como padre me hacen un buen candidato para este puesto.

District E

Steven Fotion

Steven Fotion, candidato del 2021 a la junta de educación escolar de Roaring Fork, Distrito E.
Steven Fotion/ Foto de cortesía

Mi nombre es Steven Fotion. Soy padre de cuatro hijos y residente del valle desde hace más de 30 años. Decidí postularme para la junta escolar, Asiento E, con la intención de hacer una diferencia al proporcionar un conducto para la comunicación entre padres, estudiantes, maestros y la junta.

Soy producto de una escuela pública, junto con nuestros tres hijos que se graduaron de Aspen High. Nuestro más joven asistió a Basalt Middle y actualmente asiste a Cornerstone Christian. Estar involucrado en una variedad de instituciones educativas locales me convierte en un excelente candidato para la junta escolar. Traeré un punto de vista justo, equilibrado y razonable y seré una voz para los estudiantes y padres de este valle.

Como propietario de un negocio, voluntario para organizaciones sin fines de lucro, encontrará mi energía y entusiasmo incansables. Soy una voz justa de la razón que considera todos los puntos de vista.

Kathryn Kuhlenberg

Kathryn Kuhlenberg, candidato del 2021 a la junta de educación escolar de Roaring Fork, Distrito E.
Kathryn Kuhlenberg/ Foto de cortesía

Durante la mayor parte de mi vida adulta, he trabajado en educación en nuestro valle como maestra y administradora. Tengo tres hijos, el mayor es un estudiante de primer grado en Basalt Elementary, y soy dueña de un preescolar donde enseño. Mi educación incluye una licenciatura con especialización en Política Educativa: Navegando el Sistema de Escuelas Públicas y Psicología, y un título en derecho con un enfoque en la educación de la primera infancia. Trabajé para el Departamento de Educación de los E.U., como maestra de educación especial preescolar y como abogada de derecho laboral, que incluyó asesorar a las escuelas. A lo largo de mi vida, la educación ha sido una fuerza orientadora. Mi esposo y yo regresamos al valle hace siete años cuando asumí mi cargo actual. Tengo la capacidad y el deseo de hacer más por nuestro distrito y veo a la junta escolar como una oportunidad ideal para hacerlo.

11 seats up for election among Garfield Re-2, Garfield 16 school boards; Rifle City Council


Elections for Garfield Re-2 and 16 school boards, as well as Rifle City Council, are coming up soon.

Among its five board members, Garfield 16 has three seats up for election. Among its five board members, Garfield Re-2 also has three seats up for election.

Among its seven board members, Rifle City Council has five seats up for election.

Each seat up for election this year for Garfield 16 holds a term of four years.

For Garfield Re-2, the District A and District E seats are four-year terms. The District B seat is a two-year term.

For Rifle City Council, The four candidates receiving the highest number of votes will be elected to a four-year term. The one candidate receiving the fifth highest number of votes will be elected to a two-year term. Once council is sworn in, a vote for mayor and mayor pro tem will occur.

All seats are at-large and represent the entire city — not districts.

Voters can expect ballots to be out by early October. The election is Nov. 2.

A questionnaire will be sent out to the candidates.

Here is a full list of the candidates and every seat up for election:

RIFLE CITY COUNCIL

Seats up for election

• Mayor Barbara Clifton, termed out

• Mayor Pro Tem Theresa Hamilton, termed out

• Clint Hostettler

• Sean Strode

• Joe Carpenter

Candidates

• Bud Demicell

• Sean Strode

• Tamara Degler

• Joe Carpenter

• Christ Bornholdt

• Alicia Gresley

• Clint Hostettler. Hostettler, a current council member, is running for his first term. He was appointed in 2018 after former city council member Annick Pruitt moved out of city limits.

• Derek H. Davis

GARFIELD RE-16 SCHOOL BOARD

Seats up for election

• Dr. Kevin Coleman. Coleman is termed out

• Vincent Tomasulo

• Kim Whalen

Candidates

• Kim Whalen. Whalen, a current board member, is running for her first term. Whalen was appointed when former board member Lauralee Patton moved out of the district.

• Vincent Tomasulo. Tomasulo, a current board member, is running for a second term.

• Staci McGruder

• Donald Christopher Jackson

• Keith Gronewoller

• Christina Abbey

GARFIELD RE-2

Seats up for election

• Tom Slappey (District A). Slappey is currently serving a four-year term

• Jason Shoup (District B). Shoup is currently serving a two-year term.

• Anne Guettler (District E). Guettler is currently serving a four-year term.

Candidates

• Britton Keith Fletchall. Fletchall is running for District A.

• Jessica Paugh. Paugh is running for District A.

• Jason Shoup. Shoup is running for District B.

• Lauren Caitlin Carey. Carey is running for District E.

• Tony May. May is running for District E.

Note: There are five director districts which make up the Garfield Re-2 School District.

District A covers the northwest quadrant of Rifle and further toward the rural west and north

District B covers the northeast quadrant of Rifle, toward the east to Silt and rural north.

District C covers the south side of Rifle toward the rural south, parts of central Rifle and land south of Silt.

District D covers eastern Silt, toward the rural south and rural north.

District E covers New Castle, toward the rural south and north.

Reporter Ray K. Erku can be reached at 612-423-5273 or rerku@postindependent.com

The four Roaring Fork School District board candidates in their words

Note: Since the publishing of this story, Chris Becker announced he will not actively campaign for a spot on the Board of Education. His withdrawal is covered in this story.

Five candidates will vie for two seats on the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education on Nov. 2.

In District E — currently occupied by Jennifer Schurer — Chris Becker, Steven Fotion and Kathryn Kuhlenberg are the candidates. In District A, Chase McWhorter and Kenny Teitler will compete for Jen Rupert’s position.

According to Ballotpedia, county clerks are expected to mail out ballots 18-22 days before the election, or Oct. 15 at the latest for the Nov. 2 election.

In advance of their campaigns, the Post Independent reached out to each candidate for a brief introduction in their words. Here are the five candidates for the Roaring Fork School District Board of Education:

District A

Chase McWhorter

2021 Roaring Fork School District Board of Education District A candidate Chase McWhorter
Chase McWhorter/Courtesy photo

Personal background: I don’t have a background in education, and I haven’t lived in the Roaring Fork Valley longer than the other candidates. I’m a parent with kids about to enter the school system. I work in publishing and graduated from the University of Southern California where I balanced school and being a member of Rose Bowl champion football teams.

Educational philosophy: Students should be taught how to think, not what to think. Anything outside of core subjects should be left to parents.

Stakeholder philosophy: Empowering the student/parent/teacher relationship should be prioritized. Board or administrative staff should support, not dictate, with the board overseeing administrative staff.

Organizational philosophy: Transparency and accountability should be prioritized with elected board members remembering they are elected to serve voters.

Political philosophy: “Rules for thee, not for me” bureaucratic elitism is a problem across the country and is not limited to any particular political party.

Kenny Teitler

2021 Roaring Fork School District Board of Education District A candidate Kenny Teitler
Kenny Teitler/Courtesy photo

My name is Kenny Teitler. I have lived in Carbondale for 26 years, and in the Roaring Fork Valley for 29 years. I taught in the Roaring Fork School District for 26 years, both in Basalt and Carbondale, before retiring in 2019. Currently I teach GED classes at Colorado Mountain College.

My wife has also spent her career as an educator, and we have two daughters who graduated from the Carbondale schools and are this year a junior and senior in college.

My goals as a school board member are to represent the teachers’ perspective on what is needed in curriculum and development, to help retain, hire and pay teachers, to close the learning gap that exists in our schools, and to be a bridge between the community and the schools.

I believe my experiences as a teacher and a parent make me well suited for this position.

District E

Chris Becker

2021 Roaring Fork School District Board of Education District E candidate Chris Becker
Chris Becker/Courtesy photo

Christopher Becker has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley with his wife and three children for 10 years. He enjoys paddleboarding in the summer, skiing in the winter, and playing his vintage Les Paul all year long.

A 25-year career in luxury hospitality has given Chris the tools and connections to be a great RFSD board director. “Running a large, multi-faceted organization with several hundred employees — I’ve done this,” he says.

“Managing and hiring people in different departments while understanding their individual needs isn’t something you just hop into. It requires skill, experience and a thick skin. I believe our schools need that kind of experience to face the labor, retention and recruitment challenges defining our next few years.”

“This isn’t a job about politics, grandstanding or who yells the loudest. It’s about getting results for our kids and managing our resources intelligently. That’s what I’m here to do.”

Steven Fotion

2021 Roaring Fork School District Board of Education District E candidate Steven Fotion
Steven Fotion/Courtesy photo

My name is Steven Fotion. I am a father of 4 and a valley resident for over 30 years. I decided to run for the school board, Seat E, intent to make a difference by providing a conduit for communication between parents, students, teachers and the board.

I am a product of a public school, along with our three children who are graduates from Aspen High. Our youngest attended Basalt Middle and currently attends Cornerstone Christian. Being involved in a variety of local educational institutions makes me an excellent candidate for the school board. I will bring a fair, balanced and reasonable point of view and be a voice for the students and parents in this valley.

As a business owner, a nonprofit volunteer you will find my energy and enthusiasm endless. I am a fair voice of reason that takes all points of view into consideration.

Kathryn Kuhlenberg

2021 Roaring Fork School District Board of Education District E candidate Kathryn Kuhlenberg
Kathryn Kuhlenberg/Courtesy photo

For most of my adult life, I have worked in education in our valley as a teacher and an administrator. I have three children, the oldest a first grader at Basalt Elementary, and I own a preschool where I teach. My education includes an undergraduate degree with majors in Education Policy: Navigating the Public School System and Psychology, and a law degree with a focus on early childhood education. I’ve worked for the U.S. Department of Education, as a preschool special education teacher, and as an employment law attorney, which included advising schools. Throughout my life, education has been a guiding force. My husband and I returned to the valley seven years ago when I took on my current role. I have the ability and desire to do more for our district, and I see the school board as an ideal opportunity to do so.