Two join board; president chosen

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None of the three school board seats up for grabs in the November election was contested, but the race to see who would lead the board was.

JoAnn Baxter and Steve Hafey on Thursday night were nominated to serve as the Moffat County School District Board of Education president. Secret ballots, collection baskets and speeches were prepared.

"I believe I'm fair and open minded and will lead with transparency," Baxter said.

Baxter has served on the School Board for two years after teaching in the district for 28 years.

This is Hafey's sixth year as a board member.

"The board president has no more influence but more of a time commitment," he said. "I'm comfortable with that."

Baxter was elected president, Hafey is the vice president, and Rod Durham is the secretary.

Durham was an uncontested incumbent this year. Karen Stillion and Sandie Johns are two new board members who also ran unopposed.

The election was canceled, and the three took their oaths of office Thursday.

Stillion has lived in Craig for nine years, working as an instructor at the community college's cosmetology center for the past two. She has three children.

"I've always been involved in the schools," she said. "I've thought about this for four years. I'm interested in being part of a worthwhile organization."

Johns worked for the school district for 25 years in various positions, ending her career as a vocational counselor.

She's retired and was looking for ways to volunteer.

"Education is what I know," she said. "The community and the educational system have been good to my family."

Johns has lived in Craig for 26 years and raised her three sons here.

"I really feel strongly they had opportunities and education here that allowed them to do the things they're doing now," she said.

School Board members serve four-year terms. The position is not paid.

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

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