Deadline for Re-1 school board petitions is Friday |

Deadline for Re-1 school board petitions is Friday

The deadline is drawing near for anyone wishing to run for the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 School Board in November. Petitions to run for one of two seats on the five-person board must be filed with the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office by Friday, said school superintendent Fred Wall.

A seat in District A, which covers Basalt, is up for election and currently held by Michael Bair. The District E seat, held by Peter Delany, is also up for election. That district covers the area between Basalt and Carbondale. Bair plans to file a petition to run for re-election, Wall said. Delany has not indicated if he will run again. School board members serve four-year terms.

Wall said he knew of no petitions being filed so far.

Two additional school board members are the subjects of recall efforts revolving around the expansion of Glenwood Springs High School. Board President Susan Hakanson and vice president Bruce Wampler may face recall in November.

Jennifer Vanian, of Glenwood Springs, submitted a petition for approval to the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder in June.

Vanian contends the plan for the new high school is inadequate on many levels. She has called the design “sprawling.” She is also opposed to the school district’s expansion plan because it will force True Value and some neighboring businesses to move, with the loss of about 35 jobs.

Hakanson and Wampler have started a counter-campaign they hope will correct what they call misleading information the recall committee is distributing to voters.

Wampler created a Web site,, which claims, “The people behind the Re-1 Recall have it wrong! Statements contained in the petitions are misleading or false. Letters to the editor and other statements made by recall supporters are full of misleading information. You are not getting the straight facts.”

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