With two uncontested seats, Roaring Fork School District to cancel board election
An election for two open seats on the Roaring Fork Re-1 school board will be canceled, after just one candidate for each seat came forward by last Friday’s deadline.
Monday was the last day for any would-be write-in candidates to declare.
“I will be notifying the county clerks in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, letting them know we won’t be participating in the Nov. 3 election,” Re-1 Administrative Assistant Cyndy Hallford said.
That means incumbent District E board member Bob Johnson of Basalt will be automatically re-appointed to a second term.
Coming forward to fill the shoes of District A board member Michael Bair, who is stepping down after two terms, is Matt Flink, also of Basalt.
Johnson and Flink will be sworn in as new directors on the five-member board at the Nov. 11 meeting. The board seats now held by Myles Rovig of Glenwood Springs and Bill Lamont and Debbie Bruell of Carbondale were not up for election this year.
Flink, part of the ownership group for the Fleisher Co. real estate firm, has been a member of Eagle County’s Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission. He has two children in Basalt schools, one in elementary and one in middle school.
“When you get involved in public service on a board, you have to have an understanding of give and take, and respect,” Flink said. “I know and understand how that dynamic works.”
Being involved in real estate, he said he has a particular interest in Re-1’s plans to build teacher housing in Carbondale.
“I’ve seen the struggles our schools have had retaining young teachers,” Flink said. “We’re always so fortunate to have a lot of recent teacher graduates come into our district, but a lot of them leave when they realize how expensive it is to live here.”
Educationally, he said the district is on the right track in providing a diverse style of education for all students.
“You can’t teach all kids the same thing at the same time,” he said. “That doesn’t deal with the needs of each individual student in that classroom.”
Johnson, who is finishing up his first term on the Re-1 school board, also has two children in Basalt schools, and had been active working with the local school accountability committee before he joined the board.
He is a property manager and is currently working with the Roaring Fork Club in Basalt.
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