Moffat County School Board has 3 open seats to fill |

Moffat County School Board has 3 open seats to fill

Nicole Inglis

Get involved

For more information about how to get involved with the Moffat County School Board, call Vicky Duncan at 826-6261.

The next School Board meeting is Thursday.

For those interested in running for an open position on the Moffat County School Board, the time to act is quickly approaching.

On Aug. 5, interested parties can begin circulating petitions to be a part of the ballot.

Moffat County School District administrative assistant Vicky Duncan said historically, there has not been an overwhelming interest in the School Board elections.

“I think that a lot of the community isn’t even aware we are having an election,” Duncan said. “We’ve never not been able to fill a position, but we have canceled elections in the past because there was no contest.”

To be put on the ballot for one of the three districts with open seats, candidates have to secure 50 signatures from community members.

This year, districts 2, 4 and 6 will have open seats. Karen Stillion and Sandie Johns will be able to run again if they wish. However, Rod Durham, the board’s chairman from District 6, has run his full term of eight years.

Duncan said she has had two people express interest in running; however, no one from Durham’s district, which includes an area north of Ninth Street and east of Ranney Street, has stepped forward.

Fostering enthusiasm

When Durham ran for school board eight years ago, he ran against three other people.

“No one was running in that district, but the newspaper wrote something, and we all came forward,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we were all competing for it, but we were just all interested.”

Superintendent Joseph Petrone said although he has been in the community for only a few months, he has seen an outpouring of involvement in local organizations.

In his visits to the City Council and the Craig/Moffat Economic Development Partnership, he said he has seen many of the same faces at different meetings. He hopes that will translate into a heightened interest in the school district.

“It generates enthusiasm,” he said. “The more different sides we have (in the election), it will strengthen the support from the community. When you have that wider interest, it generates more interest. I hope we can preserve the enthusiasm we’ve had thus far.”

The board does not know what will happen if no one wants to fill the position because that has never happened.

Durham said being a board member is “not a terrible amount of work” and that he has enjoyed his time serving on the board.

He said he sees his time as a board member as volunteering and investing in the community. He hopes the future board member will bring that kind of commitment with them, as well.

“What’s important is having a real interest in what’s best for the kids and what’s best for the community,” Durham said. “There are still a lot of good board members, so I think they will do a good job.”

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