School Board election off to a slow start |

School Board election off to a slow start

Nicole Inglis

— With the deadline to turn in petitions to run for Moffat County School Board two weeks away, one district is still without any candidates.

School Board President Rod Durham, who has served the maximum two terms, currently represents District 6, an area north of Ninth Street and East of Ranney Street.

Moffat County School District administrative assistant Vicki Duncan said only two people have picked up the necessary paperwork to be eligible for the November election: the two incumbents Sandie Johns and Karen Stillion.

Stillion, who has one child in high school and is a cosmetology teacher at Colorado Northwestern Community College, said she did have a few hang ups about running again.

“The biggest thing is the time commitment of four years,” she said. “I really want to do it again, though. I’ve certainly enjoyed the last four years.”

Those interested in running for School Board can pick up information and petitions at the Moffat County School District administration building.

The last day to turn in a petition with 50 signatures is Aug. 28.

“It would be nice to have a good representation,” Stillion said. “It’d be nice to have more people interested.”

Stillion said on a day-to-day basis, the time commitment isn’t difficult.

Once a month, the School Board meets from 4 to around 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Each board member also attends one Parent Advisory Committee meeting a month.

“Some months, it’s really insane, like when we were doing the superintendent search or the bond issue,” she said. “Other months, you don’t have much of anything.”

She said she also tries to attend other school-related functions when she can.

Stillion and Johns have picked up their petitions, but neither has turned in anything official yet.

Duncan, however, said she is not worried about the lack of interest in Durham’s district.

She said she has received two calls asking questions about the process but that only the two incumbents have picked up paperwork.

“I’m confident we will get someone,” she said. “In the 11 years I’ve been here, it’s never happened that no one has stepped up, so I still have hope.”

She said she is unsure about the exact process in the event someone does not come forward.

The process is regulated by state stature, and the School Board might have to appoint someone.

“But I’m not looking to that yet,” she said. “It has been kind of a pattern that people wait until the last minute, but we always end up with good people on the board.”

Stillion said there is one thing leading her back to her School Board seat.

“Kids,” she said. “In my life, I hope to do what’s best for kids. I don’t have any kind of agenda or axe to grind. I’m just one of seven members of a board, and as long as we just do our best for the kids, we’re doing our job.”

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