Open school board seat down to 3 candidates |

Open school board seat down to 3 candidates

Alex Zorn

The search for a new Garfield Re-2 School District board member is nearing its final stages, as the school board now has three candidates to choose from to fill a vacancy.

District A board member Shirley Parks resigned on Feb. 12 in order to spend more time with family out of state. He had served on the Re-2 school board since November 2013.

At the time, the board said it would take 60 days to fill the position.

District A generally includes the western portion of the school district, north of the Colorado River and west-southwest of state Highway 13, and the city of Rifle west of Whiteriver Avenue.

It generally includes the neighborhoods of Palomino Park, Knollridge, Shetland Acres, Fairview Heights, Rimrock, Willow Ranch, Park Avenue, Western Heights, Mesa View Estates, the Riverview Addition, Pioneer Mesa and Kings Crown, according to the district website.

Visit for a map of the boundaries.

Candidates must have lived within the boundaries of Director District A for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the appointment, be a registered voter as shown on the books of the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder, be 18 years or older, and be a citizen of the United States.

The three final candidates for the position include Thomas Slappey, Karen Roberts and Dustin Marantino.

With two children in the Re-2 School District, a son at Rifle Middle School and a daughter at Graham Mesa Elementary School, Slappey submitted an application to fill the school board vacancy.

In the letter submitted to Re-2, he said that as an owner and operator of several businesses in Rifle he believes that he can fulfill the commitment of a school board member despite travel requirements for work.

Roberts has worked and lived in the Rifle area for over 25 years, her letter states, and with three grown graduates of Rifle High School she said she remains interested in the local education.

Now semi-retired, she said she feels she has the time and enthusiasm to fill in Parks’ seat.

The District A seat will be up for election in November 2019.

As a graduate of Rifle High School and a Rifle resident since 1990, Dustin Marantino’s interest in filling the position has a lot to do with his and his family’s own experiences with RHS. With a son who is a sophomore at RHS and having served as a school resource officer during his 16 years with the Rifle Police Department, he said he’s very familiar with the district. Before that, his father served as assistant principal at RHS for five years.

Garfield Re-2 Director of Communications Theresa Hamilton said the board will be interviewing candidates on April 2. A decision will be made by the April 9 school board meeting.

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