Incumbents the only ones running for three open RFSD Board seats |

Incumbents the only ones running for three open RFSD Board seats

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Seats representing areas B, C and D on the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education are up for re-election Nov. 6.Areas B, C and D correspond to 2, 3, and 4 on the map.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Three Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education seats are up for grabs Nov. 6.The current school board members whose terms are ending all plan to run again: Bruce Wampler, Brad Zeigel and Sonja Linman. No one else has filed a notice of intent to run or even called the district office to ask questions about running.The 2005 election was canceled because no outside parties ran against incumbent school board members, election coordinator Cyndy Hallford said.”It’s a tough job,” superintendent Judy Haptonstall said. “There’s no money attached, lots of hours, lots of headaches involved.”

In 2001, Bruce Matherly won an uncontested race for district area A then resigned after two years. No one ran for the other open seat in that election, so Peter Delany was appointed shortly after the election for a two-year term. This led to all five seats being up for election in 2003. In that election, one candidate was unopposed while two seats had three candidates and two seats had two candidates.Haptonstall said she’d be disappointed if only incumbents ran, but that she’s glad incumbent board members are going to run again.”I think we’ve got great board members now,” she said. “I’m thrilled they’re going to run again.”

The board makes policy decisions affecting public schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, and utilizes a budget with more than half of its revenues provided by local taxes. For the 2007-2008 fiscal year, there’s about $45.25 million budgeted in the district’s general fund. Board members also make decisions about the future direction of the schools and education in the district. Terms are normally four years with staggered elections held every two years.Board members must attend two regular meetings each month that typically last five hours each. They spend time preparing for those meetings and attend other special meetings for another five or six hours a month. They also participate in districtwide committees and boards such as the district and building accountability committees, the family resource center board and the BOCES board, Haptonstall said.To qualify for election, a candidate must have been a registered voter and resident of the school district for at least one year before the election. They also must live in the district area they will represent.School board posts up for election represent areas B, C and D. Area B covers Carbondale and the immediate area east and west, stretching south from Highway 82. Area C covers the southern part of Glenwood Springs including the Oak Meadows and Fourmile areas. It also includes a smaller part of Carbondale west of Highway 133 and excluding River Valley Ranch. Area D covers northern sections of Glenwood Springs, west from past Canyon Creek Road and east to No Name.

Candidates must file a notice of intent and a nomination petition. Those can be obtained at the district office at 1405 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs on Aug. 8. Completed petitions with 50 signatures from registered voters within district need to be submitted to the office before 1 p.m. on Aug. 31.Contact Cyndy Hallford at 384-6009 for more information.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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