Re-2 says goodbye to board president
RIFLE – Vicki VanEngelenburg said her bitter-sweet goodbyes at her final Garfield Re-2 School District board meeting as president Tuesday night.District employees, parents and community members turned out at a reception before the board meeting to honor her for her 1212 years of service to the district .”Vicki doesn’t say ‘It’s pretty good,'” Howard Stapleton read from a long list of Vicki’s assets. “To her, ‘pretty good’ might as well be ‘pretty bad.'”He talked about Vicki’s dedication to the district and her commitment to making the school board members knowledgeable and active.”You’ve given a lot of personal time to this,” Stapleton told VanEngelenburg in front of a small audience in the Kathryn Senior Elementary School library. “I don’t even know how you could do all that as one person.”VanEngelenburg was not only the president of the Re-2 school board, but she was also heavily involved with the Colorado Association of School Boards.”Vicki’s a tough act to follow,” said Anne Guettler, who will fill the vacancy VanEngelenburg is leaving.Guettler and Kim Goossens will be sworn in at a special board meeting Thursday, Nov. 3, just before the board decides on a new president. The president will take over the board meeting from there, Goossens said.Goossens is an incumbent board member representing the western and southern sections of Rifle. Guettler will take VanEngelenburg’s New Castle territory.Re-2 canceled the election Aug. 30 because both candidates were running unopposed and there are no other ballot issues.Guettler has three children in the district and has been very involved on various district committees as well as in the schools where her children attend, including Rifle High School, Coal Ridge High School and Riverside Middle School.”It’s a great time for this district,” Guettler said, “And I’m really excited to get to be a part of it.”Goossens said she’s happy to continue her service to the district. Her youngest son is now a senior at Rifle High School. Guettler began working with the school board when her oldest child was in preschool in 1992.”I realize at this point I’ve gained a lot of knowledge,” Goossens said. “I’d like to give that back to the district. I have a real passion for education. I think everyone on this board does.”
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