Roaring Fork School District Re-1 school board prez not seeking re-election
Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board of education President Michael Bair said Monday he will not seek re-election to the board this fall.
“I’ve served two terms, and it’s time someone else has the opportunity,” said Bair, one of two Basalt-area representatives on the Re-1 board overseeing schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.
Bair will have served a total of six years on the board when his term is up this fall.
The other Basalt-area seat on the school board, currently held by first-term board member Bob Johnson, is the only other Re-1 seat up for election this year. Johnson could not be reached for comment on whether he intends to seek re-election.
Wednesday is the first day to obtain and circulate nominating petitions to become a candidate for open school board seats in Colorado school districts that will be up for election Nov. 3.
“I do hope that the people who run have an interest in the larger community and looking out for what’s best for kids,” Bair said. “I enjoy doing the work and being involved, but it’s a good time to step down.
“It is best when you have a board of people who are community minded … and have good working relationships,” he added.
Bair said he hasn’t heard of anyone specifically who may be interested in running for his seat. He said he has informed the Basalt school principals that he will not run again in case there are any members of the school or district accountability committees who may be interested.
“Those are usually the people who are some of the best options, because they’re already donating time in schools,” Bair said.
Bair’s District A seat includes the area south of Frying Pan Road, including old town Basalt and Basalt south, and extending west to Catherine Store.
Johnson’s District E seat takes in the area north of Frying Pan Road extending west into Missouri Heights, including portions of El Jebel north of Highway 82 and Blue Lake.
The Garfield School District Re-2, including schools in New Castle, Silt and Rifle, also has two school board seats that will be up for election on Nov. 3 – the District A seat now held by Brad Moss and the District E seat held by recently appointed school board member Elyse Hutchinson. District A includes the western portion of Rifle, and District E covers the New Castle area.
Moss could not be reached for comment on whether he will seek re-election. Hutchinson indicated at the time she was appointed in June that she likely would seek election to the seat this fall.
For specific district boundaries and other details, contact the school district offices in Glenwood Springs for Re-1, at 384-6000, and in Rifle for Re-2, at 665-7600.
Aug. 28 is the last day for school board candidates to file nomination petitions with affidavits and a written notice of intent to be a candidate. Write-in candidates can declare up until Aug. 31.
If no seat is contested by Sept. 1, school board elections may be canceled and the declared candidates automatically appointed or re-appointed.
Nominating petitions can be obtained at the respective school district offices: Re-1 at 1405 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs; and Re-2 at 839 Whiteriver Ave., Rifle.
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