School election fails to draw contested race |

School election fails to draw contested race

Avi Salzman

— There will be no race for the Steamboat Springs School Board this year.

The three candidates who applied to run for the board are from three different districts and would be unopposed. Without a contested race, the school board election was called off Friday, said Anne Muhme, the assistant to the superintendent.

The school district could still decide to call an election the school board might place a question on the ballot to see if voters are willing to raise their property taxes to increase teacher salaries to better reflect the cost of living in Steamboat.

In District I, incumbent Tami Havener will get to renew her term for another four years. Havener was elected less than a year ago to replace a departing board member.

Paula Stephenson has also been on the board for less than a year, after replacing departing board member Matt Hermes.

She will represent District III again.

The newcomer to the board is Gary Buchan, who will take over the spot currently held by School Board President Dan Birch.

Birch decided not to run again for the District IV seat.

Buchan, who is a technical services manager at Twentymile Coal Co. and is currently on the district’s technology commission, said he wants to foster a great deal of communication at the schools. He said he looks forward to meeting with teachers and support staff at the schools to get some face time with them.

The district will consider whether it will place the property tax increase on the ballot at a school board meeting Sept. 10.

The ballot needs to be finalized by Sept. 12, Muhme said.

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