Two more to run for RFSD board |

Two more to run for RFSD board

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Two more people have thrown their hats into the ring for the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education election.Two of three open seats are now contested, and someone is considering contesting the third open seat.Myles Rovig is running for District D, in Carbondale. Sonja Linman decided not to run after getting a new job. Another person picked up a petition for District D, but said she’s undecided if she’ll actually run and didn’t want to release her name.Debbie Bruell recently picked up a petition to run for District B against incumbent board member Brad Zeigel. She couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.Bill Lamont previously announced intentions to run for District C against incumbent Bruce Wampler.Rovig said his background is in education and banking. He taught for 7 years and went into banking for about 14 years. He said he and his wife bought the Glenwood Beauty Academy in 1990 and sold it in January, and that he’s currently working in real estate and investment.”I’ve been in and out of education or a part of education for a long time,” he said. “I’ve always had just a love of kids and their growth and education.”He said he’s been interested in the school board for a while but now has time to help out on more of a policy level. Vocational education is a topic of interest to Rovig. He said schools need to prepare kids well so that they can go in any direction they choose. Among other issues, he said it’s important to encourage teachers to look at every child as an individual and that the goal of the district should be to have every student graduate.”That should be the goal of the district,” he said. “Not lip service, but the actual goal. And if someone doesn’t graduate then we need to know why. The expectations need to be high. … Just because it’s high doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to get there.”Bruell said she’s been very involved in public schools after moving to Carbondale in 2000. She’s volunteered at Crystal River Elementary School, participated in the building accountability committee, worked with the school’s dual-language research task force and organized the school’s visiting author series. Her involvement and seeing CRES improve has given her a good understanding of teachers, parents and administrators, she added.”Being involved in that positive change has made me realize we can do more positive change at other schools if we really are innovative and proactive,” she said.Bruell said she’s accepted a job as an organizer of special projects and grant writer for CRES and Carbondale Middle School. Among other issues, Bruell would also like to see better collaboration between the cities and the school district, as well as more appreciation of teachers, who should be used as a valuable resource in making policy decisions.Friday at 1:30 p.m. is the deadline to submit nomination petitions at the school district office in Glenwood Springs. Petitions must have 50 signatures of registered voters from within the district a candidate is running for. Contact election coordinator Cyndy Hallford at 384-6009 for more information.The board makes policy decisions affecting public schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, and utilizes a budget with more than half of its revenues provided by local taxes.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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