School boards get low response


Deciding on new Moffat County school board members will be a snap, now that only three people have applied for as many positions.

A similar fate is slated for Colorado Northwestern Com-munity College's board of control. Only one candidate applied for three open positions, which means the decision also won't go to voters. Two board members will be appointed.

Residents had until late Friday to drop off application packets with the district and CNCC, each entity receiving lackluster response.

Current Moffat County School District board member Rod Durham of District 6 reapplied for the position.

Board president John Wellman of District 2 and Gary Ellgen of District 4 are term-limited.

Sandy Johns most likely will fill Ellgen's seat, and Karen Stillion is slated to replace Wellman.

Ellgen has served on the board for 13 years, and Wellman has served for eight years.

With only three candidates, the election is canceled. Board members will hold a special meeting in September to instate the new board members.

School District Election Of--ficial Vicki Duncan said there's been at least one contested post in the past two elections.

Yet, she admitted the position could be time-consuming and hold a lot of responsibility.

"Being a board member takes time, and people's lives must be busier than ever," Duncan said.

Board terms are for four years, and the position is not paid. Residents have until 4 p.m. Monday to file as write-in nominees. Candidates must fill out an affidavit form available at the school district administration office.

Candidates for both boards were required to turn in a petition signed with 50 registered voters.

Brenda Walsh was the only candidate who applied for the community college's board of control.

The five-member board oversees finances at Craig's CNCC campus and manages the mill levy collected from Moffat County residents to provide college services.

Board members Barbara Pughe, Jim Ross and Link Derick are leaving because of term limits.

Designated election official Robin Brumback said the board members never have been elected because there haven't been enough candidates. The number of nominees has always matched the number of open positions.

Two others will be appointed to the college board.

"I won't say it's been hard to get candidates, we've just never had to go to an election," Brumback said.

Amy Hamilton can be reached at 824-7031.

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