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2 vying for vacant South Routt School Board seat

Members to consider District 7 candidates today

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What: South Routt School Board meeting

When: Executive session at 6:30 p.m. today, regular session at 7 p.m.

Where: District administrative offices, 305 S. Grant St. in Oak Creek

— Two Oak Creek residents are vying for the South Routt School Board seat vacated by Rodney Wilson.

Ryan Adrian, a deputy with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, and Brett Mason, manager of parking and security at Steamboat Ski Area, have expressed interest in becoming members of the School Board, Superintendent Scott Mader said.

Wilson, an Oak Creek native who had served on the School Board for the past eight years, stepped down last month after taking a job in Grand Junction. Wilson’s District 7 seat is up for election in 2011.

Mader said that he has spoken with Adrian and Mason and that School Board members would have a chance to ask them questions at their meeting tonight.

The School Board is scheduled to enter executive session at 6:30 p.m. at the district administrative offices in Oak Creek to discuss personnel matters related to new and existing contracts. The regular session is set for 7 p.m.

Mason, 44, is a 1984 graduate of Soroco High School. His two children and the two children of his wife, Stephanie Mason, also graduated from the high school and attended school in the district starting in kindergarten.

Mason said that since his children have graduated, being on the School Board would be a way to stay involved with the district.

“They certainly face some challenges, and I would like to be a part of helping with that,” he said.

Adrian couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

Tonight’s meeting agenda includes board members’ appointment of one of the candidates. By state law, the School Board has 60 days to appoint a new member. After that time period has expired, School Board President Tim Corrigan could appoint someone to fill Wilson’s seat.

But Mader said he didn’t think that would happen. He said Adrian and Mason fit well with the district’s philosophy and would mesh well with the other board members.

“These two people said they were very interested in the position,” Mader said. “I’m a little surprised for the amount of enthusiasm for the position, but these two individuals really have a passion to be on the board. They’re very qualified, both of them. Either candidate would be a wonderful addition to the board, I believe.”

The School Board also will discuss and consider whether to ask voters in November to approve a mill levy override to generate an estimated $349,317. Mader said the override would cost $17 per $100,000 of residential property value, $61 per $100,000 of commercial property value and $31 per $50,000 of agricultural property value.

The district must inform the Routt County Clerk and Recorder’s Office about its intent to participate in the November election by Friday. The ballot language isn’t due to the county until Sept. 3

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