School Board President Roger Good candidate for State Board of Education
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs School Board President Roger Good is one of nine Republican applicants vying for a vacant seat on the Colorado State Board of Education.
The seat is being vacated by Marcia Neal of Grand Junction, who announced her resignation from the state board in June, citing the board’s dysfunction and poor use of time and her own personal health issues.
Neal’s resignation is effective July 31, and her replacement would be eligible to run for re-election in November 2016.
If selected, Good would have to give up his seat on the Steamboat Springs School Board, per state statutes.
“I’ve certainly been involved around education for a number of years,” Good said. “When the vacancy came up, I thought I’d throw my hat in the running.”
Good was a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado State University Business College, was a Service Corps of Retired Executives counselor and served on the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board before he was elected to the Steamboat Springs School Board in 2013.
He is the only current school board member whose term is not expiring this November.
Good said he applied for the seat in part because he’s interested in stemming the tide on laws and regulations that take away local control from school districts.
“There are more and more legislation, rules and regulations that are eroding the school board’s ability to control their own destiny,” Good said.
He is specifically interested in assessment reform to ensure student testing provides useful results to teachers and comparability between students, classes and schools across the state and country.
“For a test to really be of any value, it needs to provide the classroom teacher with data to modify the curriculum on a go-forward basis,” he said.
Applicants for the 3rd District seat must be residents of the 29-county region covering the Western Slope and some surrounding areas, and by state law, will be selected by a Republican Party vacancy committee.
Other applicants for the vacant seat include Neal’s 2014 board competitor Barbara Ann Smith, two current and one former school board member, the principal of a Catholic high school, an anti-Common Core activist, a former teacher and principal working as a GOP legislative aide and a recently retired high school teacher.
A 13-member vacancy committee is expected to meet this month to interview candidates and vote on an appointment. The new candidate could be sworn in during the State School Board’s August meeting.
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