Summit County school board candidates agree to public forum |

Summit County school board candidates agree to public forum

The five residents running for four open seats on the Summit School District Board of Education will soon gather to discuss their views and qualifications.

The candidates will participate in a public forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Community Room at Summit High School.

This nonpartisan forum is being sponsored by the Summit Daily News, Summit High School PTSO, Summit Middle School PTO and the Education Foundation of the Summit to help parents and community members become better informed about their choices for elected Board of Education officials. Members of the audience will have an opportunity to submit questions for the candidates at the end of the forum.

The four-year terms now held by Alison Casias, Dave Miller, Sue Wilcox and Erin Young will expire in November. Casias and Young can’t run again because they’ve reached term limits. Wilcox will run again, while Miller will not.

The terms for the remaining three members of the seven-person board — Margaret Carlson, J Kent McHose and Marilyn Taylor — will expire in 2017.

The five candidates — Cindy Bargell, Terry Craig, Mark Franke, Lisa Webster and Wilcox — have a variety of experience in and out of education.

Candidates run at-large in a non-partisan election. They do not represent a geographic area other than the entire district, and they are not selected through a political party nominating process.

The Colorado Association of School Boards lists desirable attributes for effective board service, including: Vision and ability to see the big picture, a strong belief in the value of public schools, ability to work as a team member, willingness to spend the time necessary to become informed on school district matters, respect for the needs and feelings of others and the ability to listen and communicate well.

The election will be Nov. 3. The winners’ terms begin that month.

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