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Eleven Routt County school board seats open this fall

Teresa Ristow

Judge Paul Sachs, left, reads Steamboat Springs School Board representative Joey Andrew his oath of office in 2013.

— Routt County's three school district boards of education have a combined 11 seats opening up this fall, and candidates can being circulating election petitions next week.

The open seats include four of the five positions in Steamboat Springs.

Board members Scott Bideau, Joey Andrew and Sherri Sweers are up for re-election, while eight-year board member Robin Crossan is term limited and cannot run.

Board President Roger Good is currently serving a four-year term that expires in 2017, and would remain on the board unless appointed to the State Board of Education, which he has applied for as a candidate to replace resigning board member Marcia Neal.

Board members in five of the seven South Routt School District board of education seats and two of Hayden's five board seats are also up for re-election.

Interested candidates can pick up packets from election officials at each district beginning Aug. 5, and can begin collecting signatures from registered voters in order to run.

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In Steamboat Springs and Hayden the seats are at-large, meaning registered voters living within the school district can run for any open seat. In South Routt, those running must live within a specific area of the school district corresponding to each open seat.

Crossan said prospective board members should research board policies before running to better understand what's expected of them, and they should expect to spend the first several months setting up meetings with district staff to better understand how the school district operates.

"You need to be reading the policies before you pull a petition," said Crossan, who ran successful election campaigns in 2007 and 2011.

Despite the commitment, Crossan said being a part of the school board is enjoyable.

"It's fun because it's exciting," Crossan said. "It's different every meeting, and there's new challenges every time."

Crossan said that prospective members shouldn't run for the board based on a passion for only one issue or goal, but rather should be generally interested in education and performing a public service.

Interested candidates looking for more information or an election packet in Steamboat Springs can call district administrative assistant Debbie Ginesta at 970-879-1530. Steamboat candidates must collect 50 signatures of registered voters, which will be verified.

In Hayden, interested candidates can call district Finance Director Jnl Linascum at 970-276-3864.

In South Routt, interested candidates can call Lori Lombardi, district secretary, at 970-736-2313.

Candidates in Hayden and South Routt need to collect 25 signatures to run.

Packets with collected signatures are due back to the election official in each district by August 28.

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