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Moffat County School District seeking interim board member

Darryl Steele, Maybell cattle rancher and Moffat County commissioner, 2000 to 2004 resigned his place on the school board of education this summer.

For the second time this summer, the Moffat County School board of education has a vacancy to fill until elections in November.

Darryl Steele tendered his resignation in June, and it was officially accepted at a special meeting on July 20.

"He was a great resources and a great voice for me as a new superintendent," said Superintendent of Schools Dave Ulrich. "I appreciated his service to the district."

Steele was elected in 2015 to represent District 1 — Moffat County west of Highway 13 and north of U.S. Highway 40 — that he won with 44 percent of the vote in a hotly contested race.

“It’s a good opportunity for a new board member learn before seeking election in November.”Darrell CamillettiSchool Board President

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His health and the growth of his ranching operations combined with the fiscal soundness of the school district prompted Steele's resignation.

"I felt it was a time that I could get off the board and it would not adversely affect the school district at all," he said.

Steele brought with him years of board experience serving as a Moffat County Commissioner, a member of The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and several other boards.

"His financial expertise and commitment to the community needs to be recognized and appreciated, "said School Board President Darrell Camilletti.

Steele campaigned on four main priorities: balancing the budget, increasing test scores, providing quality education to the students and eliminating any adverse elements of Common Core.

"I think that the school district is on the right track and I think that we have gotten it straitened out. We have put in a budget balanced for operations. We have put money in to capital maintenance fund. We managed to give a step increase on wages. I was assured that our test scores would be going up," Steele said.

Steele's is the second board resignation this summer. In May board member Charity Neal was forced to resign when she moved out of District 7. The school board selected Axis Steel Operations Manager Chris Thome to fill the seat until November.

Thome will now work with the board to solicit applications, interview and select another interim board member who will serve from appointment until regular elections in November.

People interested in filling the seat must live in, and would represent, District 1. Applicants must not have been convicted of a sexual offense against a child, must be a registered voter and have been registered in Craig for the past 12 months.

Interested people meeting these qualifications who wish to be considered must file a letter of intention with Secretary to the Board of Education Heather Higgins by 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at the office of the Superintendent at 775 Yampa Ave. in Craig.

The board will interview prospective candidates during its regular 4 p.m. work session on Aug. 24. The board is expected to select a new board member during its meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. the same evening.

"It's a good opportunity for a new board member learn before seeking election in November," Camilletti said.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.

To apply

People interested representing District 1 on the school board from appointment in August until regular elections in November must have the following qualifications:

She/he must not have been convicted of a sexual offense against a child, must be a registered voter and have been registered in Craig for the past twelve months.

She/he must:

• Live in District.

• Be registered to vote in Craig.

• Have been registered to vote in Craig for the past 12 months.

• File a letter of intention with Secretary to the Board of Education Heather Higgins by 3 p.m. August 11 at the office of the Superintendent at 775 Yampa Ave. in Craig.

• Be available for an interview during the regular board public work session to start at 6:30 p.m. on August 24.

The board is expected to select a new board member during their meeting.

Information: To determine if you live in the district, receive additional information to apply call Heather Higgins 970-826-6261.