School Board OKs nomination call for 3 seats

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The Moffat County School District is getting the jump on filling three board seats that will be up for election this November.

At its meeting Thursday night, the board approved a call for nominations for the seats currently held by John Wellman, Gary Ellgen and Rod Durham.

The call must be done by Aug. 3, and district officials didn't want to take the chance of missing that deadline.

After serving on the board for 13 years, Ellgen is term-limited, as is Wellman, who's served two terms. Durham was unavailable to comment as to whether he would seek a second term.

Ellgen said he'll miss the board members he's served with."Every board I've been on has been really neat," he said.

As a board member, Ellgen has had the opportunity to present five of his six children with their high school diplomas. Term limits will prevent him from presenting to his sixth, but other board members say an exception might be made.

Board member Trish Snyder recommends that those considering running for a board position closely evaluate their reasons for wanting to run.

"Don't have an agenda," she said. "If you have one particular issue, that's not a reason to run."

Residents have until at least Aug. 3 to decide. That's the first date nomination packets will be available at the School Administration Building.

Superintendent Pete Berg-mann recommended that existing board members not wait to start soliciting interest.

"It's important we get quality candidates who want to be involved in our school district," he said. "Let's keep this team as strong as it has been in the past."

School board members serve depending on their district. Wellman is the District 2 representative; Ellgen, District 4 and Durham, District 6.

District 2 encompasses all of Moffat County south of First Street. District 4 includes U.S. Highway 40 north through Shadow Mountain Village, bordered by Moffat County Road 7 on the West and -- approximately -- Ranney Street on the East. District 6 is Northeast of Craig.

District maps are available at the School Administration Building.

Although board members must live in the district they represent, the public at large elects them. It is a nonpartisan election.

To get on the Nov. 1 ballot, potential board members must have a petition signed by at least 50 registered voters.

Board terms are for four years and the position is not paid.

"The two elections I've been involved with, no we didn't have a problem (getting candidates)," said School District Election Official Vicki Duncan said. "I've heard that before, there were years when we really had to beat the streets."

Nomination packets are due to Duncan by Aug. 26.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210 or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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