Thomas Slappey joins Garfield Re-2 School Board |

Thomas Slappey joins Garfield Re-2 School Board

Thomas Slappey

The search for a new member on the Garfield School District Re-2 Board of Education ended last week as Rifle’s Thomas Slappey was named to the seat.

Slappey will join the board for at least the next several months after former board member Shirley Parks resigned on Feb. 12.

With two children at school in the district, a son at Rifle Middle School and a daughter at Graham Mesa Elementary School, Slappey said one of the main reasons he applied to the opening was he has such a vested interest in the school system.

“If people don’t step up and do these types of things, nobody is going to do it,” he added.

Slappey has never held an elected or appointed office in his community, but as business owner and senior account manager for Ryerson Inc. his experience dealing with budgets is what ultimately led the school board to pick him.

“I think all the candidates would have been good, and I think it goes with a gut feel and who would mesh with us right away,” Re-2 Board President Jay Rickstrew said at the April 9 board meeting prior to the vote.

He added that the new board member will have a lot of work to do.

“It’s a short time frame,” he said.

In the end, board member Brock Hedberg nominated Slappey and pointed to his background managing budgets as the reason he was the best choice.

Slappey said his goal over the next few months is just to learn as much as he can as the District A seat will be up for election in November.

“I don’t know if I have an intent to run again in November, but I look at it as an opportunity to learn and understand what is in front of us as a community,” he said.

Slappey’s first official board meeting will be April 23.

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