Rovig to seek re-election to Re-1 school board |

Rovig to seek re-election to Re-1 school board

Myles Rovig

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Myles Rovig, currently the lone Glenwood Springs-area representative on the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education, will seek another four-year term on the school board.

“I have had lots of folks suggest that I continue on the board, so it’s always good to get support in that way,” said Rovig, 63, who ran uncontested for his District D seat four years ago.

However, that may not be the case this time around.

According to Re-1 administrative assistant Cyndy Hallford, two prospective candidates have taken out petitions to run in District D, which includes the central and northern sections of Glenwood Springs.

As of Thursday, however, no other candidates had formally announced if they indeed plan to challenge Rovig for the seat. Names of persons taking out a petition are not released by the school district until a petition is turned in.

“I am hoping for a good dialogue,” Rovig said of the prospect for a contested race.

Especially with the district’s plan to implement the new Moving On student placement model when the 2011-12 school year starts Aug. 29, he said it’s important to maintain continuity on the school board.

The new system places students in reading and math instruction according to their level of proficiency in those subjects, rather than allowing students to progress simply based on their grade level.

“This is something we have been developing for a couple of years now,” Rovig said. “It will be real important for the board to have some consistency to give ongoing support to the teachers and the kids to make it successful.”

The five-member Re-1 board, which oversees public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, will see at least two new members come November.

Two other incumbents whose seats are up in the Nov. 1 election, Debbie Bruell and Bill Lamont from Carbondale, have both said they will not seek re-election.

The only candidate so far to turn in a petition with more than 50 signatures of district voters, is Phil Weir in District C, currently represented by Lamont. Weir, who lives at Ironbridge, south of Glenwood Springs, is the current president of the Roaring Fork Public Education Foundation board.

Two other nominating petitions have been taken out in that district, Hallford said, but have not been returned.

That district includes the southern portion of Glenwood Springs, south of Sayre Park, and the area running west of the Roaring Fork and Crystal Rivers to Carbondale.

Matt Hamilton of Carbondale is actively circulating a petition to run for Bruell’s District B seat, which includes the majority of Carbondale. No other candidates have taken out petitions in that district.

Candidates have until 1 p.m. Aug. 26 to collect the required 50 signatures of eligible voters in the school district and turn petitions into the Re-1 District Office on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs.

Election packets, including eligibility guidelines, can be obtained from the district office.

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