Re-1 cancels school board election |

Re-1 cancels school board election

No opposition in the November school board election means no discussion about important issues facing local schools.

That was Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board member Brad Zeigel’s preamble to a vote the board made Wednesday canceling the November Re-1 election because both candidates in the race are running unopposed.

Bob Johnson will replace board member Peter Delany, of Carbondale, whose term expires in November, and Michael Bair, of Basalt, will remain on the board for another term. No other district residents submitted petitions for candidacy.

“I enjoy the chance for us to talk about the issues,” Zeigel said, adding that he’s disappointed the board won’t be able to address issues such as evolution versus “intelligent design” in an open forum leading to an election.

Delany said the lack of interest in the election could stem from the perception that board members are getting “beat up or picked on” in the wake of the recent attempt to recall board members Susan Hakanson and Bruce Wampler.

Some Glenwood Springs residents called for Wampler and Hakanson’s recall because of the board’s decision to expand Glenwood Springs High School onto the True Value Hardware property. The decision, forcing True Value to shutter or relocate, could leave about 25 employees without work.

The recall attempt, Wampler said, was a reward for doing his job correctly.

The board unanimously voted to nix the election.

Before the vote, True Value Hardware employee Wayne Pleasants asked the board if it plans to help the store’s employees relocate because the store may have to close because of the high school expansion.

“We’re concerned about placing our 25 people,” he said.

Hakanson said the board can’t work with True Value employees because it must deal directly with the family that owns the land. True Value rents from Safeway, which owns the building.

In other business, the board voted to make the window adjacent to the front door of the school district administration building the official posting site of all future board meeting agendas.

The window has long been the traditional posting spot for the agendas.

The board is also considering conveying to the city of Glenwood Springs a portion of Eighth Street, which the district owns near the city’s administration building.

Assistant Superintendent Shannon Pelland said the district agreed in 2002 to convey the property to the city. The district found out it has owned the property since the early 1900s.

Hakanson said board members will review the language of the conveyance before they vote on it at a future meeting.

Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. 520

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