Eight (or more) vie for school board slot | SummitDaily.com

Eight (or more) vie for school board slot

JULIE SUTORsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Eight names comprise the list of applicants for a Summit School Board vacancy to be filled next month. And the majority of those names will ring a bell for anyone who pays close attention to the opinion pages of the Summit Daily News or to the board’s meeting minutes.Dr. Garrett Sullivan abdicated the seat two weeks ago, citing mounting professional obligations connected with the medical community’s upcoming move to a new hospital near Frisco.The school board will narrow the field to five candidates in the coming weeks and then make a final selection in April. The candidates are:– Ruth Hertzberg and Boyd Mitchell, who have both sought school board posts in the past.– The board decided Wednesday to broaden the pool to include finalists from a previous selection process last year, which filled a position left vacant when former school board president Marshall Denkinger resigned. Thus far, Dick McAllaster has taken the board up on the offer, and Mike Khavari is weighing the idea and will decide early next week.– Tony Flitcraft, new to the race, publicly declared his candidacy for a seat on the board back in September, months before Sullivan’s resignation. Flitcraft announced his intentions in a Summit Daily News letter to the editor, in which he accepted a challenge from former school board candidate, Marina Larson, who charged school board critics to run for a seat rather than rally against school funding measures that appeared on the November ballot.

— Montezuma resident Erin Major, another newcomer to the race, is anything but new to school district politics. Major was a major voice in the International Baccalaureate (IB) debate at Summit Middle School. She was highly critical of the program’s initial implementation as an honors-style offering. This year, the program has expanded to include all students.– Local Democratic leader John Crone also has his hat in the ring. Among his many political organizing and public service roles, Crone is working with various state leaders to test the waters for a 2006 referendum that would exempt Colorado from some of the penalties of President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).– Physician and former Frisco Town Councilmember James Bachman has also applied for the spot. Bachman said he’s been happy with the school district in its education of his two children and is in the race as an interested community member, not as a critic.– Silverthorne resident Hilary Carlson is the dark horse of the group, with no previous involvement in the school district. Carlson, however, has had a lifetime in education, most recently as the founding administrator for the high school division of a private, college preparatory school in Austin, Texas.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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