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School board's Buchan resigns from post

Kelly Silva

— Gary Buchan’s time on the Steamboat Springs School Board may be record-breaking.

Buchan was voted to serve on the board at the Nov. 6 election, was sworn in Monday night and gave his letter of resignation to the board less than a minute later.

However, Buchan’s resignation isn’t effective until the December school board meeting; hence, he will remain on the board until that time.

After former board President Dan Birch celebrated his time on the board with gifts and cake from faculty and other members of the board, former Vice President Paul Fisher swore in Tami Havener, Paula Stephenson and Buchan.

Buchan presented a letter to the board stating job relocation to Baltimore, Md., would keep him from serving time on the school board.

Buchan is the manager of engineering at Twentymile Coal Co. in Oak Creek. He will move to Maryland in January through the same company as a business manager.

“I’m very excited. This opportunity is good for me and my family,” Buchan said.

“But I want to apologize to the community. Thanks and sorry.”

Buchan said the community has supported his efforts in running as a member of the school board and apologized for the timing of his resignation.

Buchan also noted he will help Superintendent Cyndy Simms and other board members look for a replacement as soon as possible.

“You spent a lot of time on the tech commission and we hate to see you go,” Simms said.

Simms said the school district would be placing advertisements in the newspaper in order to find another school board member.

“We regretfully accept your resignation but totally understand. We wish you all the best,” Fisher said.

After Buchan’s resignation, board members voted unanimously that Fisher step up to assume the role as president of the board, Havener as the vice president, Stephenson as secretary and Tom Sharp would remain as director.


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