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Our View: Board seat deserves more interest

Want to have a big impact in the community, an impact that deals with the quality of education at the local level as well as the spending decisions of the single biggest recipient of property tax revenues?

It's easy to look past the role school boards play, which perhaps is why the Steamboat Springs School Board has received just one letter of interest for its vacant District 2 seat. That's too bad, and we urge more civic-minded residents of the district to step forward and fulfill the 10-month term.

Steamboat's five-member school board has the ultimate say about spending decisions and major policy initiatives for the 2,100-student public school system that is ranked among the best in the state. The board typically meets two Monday evenings per month, and Superintendent Brad Meeks is its lone employee. The district's annual budget is more than

$20 million.

The District 2 vacancy was created by Wayne Lemley's resignation this fall. Lemley was elected to a four-year term in November 2011, but the community member who will fill his seat will serve only until the next regular School Board election — November 2013. Because the district is accepting applications through Jan. 7, the appointed member will serve no more than 10 months. At that point, of course, the appointed representative could choose to seek election to the seat, which would then be a two-year term expiring in November 2015.

District 2 includes all of the southern portion of the Steamboat Springs School District's boundaries and only a small section within city limits. Residents who vote in precincts 18, 7 and 6 (excluding Tree Haus) live within District 2.

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We have no doubt there are many community members qualified to take on such a role. Folks already involved in the district, be it as members of the district or school accountability committees, parent information committees or the Education Fund Board and its committees, come immediately to mind. But truly, anyone with a passion for their community and the desire to make an impact in one of our most important assets — our public education system — should strongly consider throwing their name in the hat.

To apply, visit http://www.sssd.k12.co.us. There simply might not be a better avenue than a school board to make an impact at the local level.

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