7 Moffat County School Board, CNCC board seats up for election
July 21, 2015
Craig — This November, voters will have the opportunity to elect or re-elect more than a half-dozen board members, impacting K-12 and higher education in Moffat County.
Four seats on the Moffat County School District Board of Education are up for election, as are three seats on the Moffat County Affiliated Junior College Board of Control for Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Seats for school board districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will be put to voters in November. Current board members occupying those seats are JB Chapman, Joel Browning, KC Hume and Tony St. John. St. John is the only school board member who has reached his two-term limit and therefore cannot run again.
"I think to be a board member, people just need to have a passion for kids and education," said Chapman, current board president. "I think a person really has to love our community and care a lot about the families and kids we're resourcing."
The school board passed a resolution in May to place a question on November's ballot to redefine district boundaries. The board sought to create only four districts based on elementary school catchment areas, with three at-large members. However, administrators and board members since discovered that the resolution doesn't meet state statute and there wasn't ample time to get the question onto the ballot this November.
MSCD school board members serve four-year terms. A call for nominations will be made starting Aug. 5. Those interested in running for a seat can call the administrative assistant to the superintendent at 970-826-6261 to find out what district they belong to, or they can stop by the office in the MCSD administration building at 775 Yampa Ave. to pick up a form.
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Packets of information for those interested in running for the CNCC board are available from the Craig campus administrative offices and must be turned in by 5 p.m. Aug. 25 to the college.
The college's board of control consists of all at-large members, meaning candidates must simply be residents of Moffat County. Seats occupied by current board members Mike Anson, Zack Allen and Dave DeRose are all up for election or re-election; Allen and DeRose were both appointed mid-term and must seek re-election to continue on the board.
"We need interested people running for this board," said Board Secretary Jennifer Riley. "I think anybody who is interested in seeing our community college thrive would be a great candidate."
Potential candidates for both boards must be registered voters within and residents of Moffat County and are required to gather signatures from at least 50 registered voters in Moffat County as part of the application process.
In the case of CNCC's board of control, an election will only be held if more than three people express interest in filling the three seats up for election.