Shirley Parks anxious to start Garfield School District Re-2 work
Citizen Telegram Editor
A former longtime Garfield School District Re-2 employee won a close race for the District A school board seat in Rifle, according to unofficial final returns in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, general election.
Shirley Parks edged incumbent school board member Michelle “Mickey” Hosack 1,536-1,487 for the seat. A third candidate, Addy Marantino, trailed with 661 votes.
For the District E seat in New Castle, incumbent board member Anne Guettler was unopposed and garnered 3,086 votes.
On Wednesday morning, Parks said she was looking forward to working with the current board members when she takes office in January.
“My goal is to help the school board make good decisions,” she said, adding she did not have any single issue in mind to address. “I’m excited to start. I’ve always said that if you help just one person better their life, you’ve done something good in your life.”
Parks, 70, said she worked for nine years in special education at Rifle High School and one year in the school library, then moved to Rawlins, Wyo. and worked in Title I reading and speech programs before returning to Rifle.
Parks said her two daughters graduated from Rifle High School, along with a son-in-law, with a grandson due to graduate this year and another grandson entering his freshman year at the school next fall.
Hosack was appointed to the District A seat last year to fill a vacancy and issued a prepared statement on Wednesday.
“This was a close race,” she wrote. “I am thankful for the support that the community had for me during this election process. I truly appreciate the opportunity I had to be on the Garfield Re-2 board during this past year. I plan to continue my involvement in, and support of, the district in the future. I believe Garfield Re-2 has one of the strongest and hardworking staffs in the state, and I know that our students will continue to grow and the board will continue to do what is best for all kids in the district.”
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