Voters OK $16M school bond question in Park County |

Voters OK $16M school bond question in Park County

by Mike Potter
the fairplay flume

Ballot issues 5A and 3A passed by wide margins, and new school board members were selected in the all-mail-in Nov. 3 election in Park County.

Ballot issue 5A, a property tax increase proposed by the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District to raise money for the district’s ambulance service, passed with 1,657 “yes” votes and 998 “no” votes.

Ballot issue 3A, which proposed authorization of a debt increase of $16 million and a property tax increase of $1.47 million a year to finance school facility improvements in Fairplay and Lake George, passed with 1,458 “yes” votes and 934 “no” votes.

In the race for school board seats in the Bailey-based Platte Canyon School District, the top three vote-getters out of five candidates won three vacant seats. The top three were Chet Lawrence, with 1,125 votes, Susan Hickel-Carpenter, with 1,124 votes, and Karen Woodward, with 1,046 votes. They beat Ken Carpenter, with 989 votes, and Karen Curry, with 982 votes.

In the Fairplay-based Park County Re-2 School District, candidates run within seven different regional districts. In District A (Alma), Beth Burke beat Lee Phillips 990-766; in District B (Fairplay), Mike Iozzo beat Al Stoinski 909-799; in District C (Fairplay/Como) Steve Rzepka beat Gail Koverman 907-797; in District D (Jefferson), Sue Linton beat Kathy Jankiewicz in a close race 865-850. In District E (Hartsel), Mike Smith ran unoposed. In District F (Lake George), Larry Falk ran unopposed. And in District G (Guffey), Amy Mason ran unopposed.

Burke said she was happy to be elected to the school board and looked forward to serving on the board.

“I would like to thank those who supported me in this endeavor,” she said. “I shall do my best to represent the best interest of our students, and I am looking forward to working with the other members of the board and all the district’s stakeholders to help move the district forward in a positive manner.”

She also expressed delight in the approval of 3A.

“I am very pleased that the measure passed,” she said. “It’s long overdue, and I’m really happy to see that the voters in this district are willing to do what’s best for our students.”

Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Davis could not be immediately reached for comment about the passage of 5A, and Chuck Soper, superintendent of Re-2, could not be reached immediately for comment on passage of 3A.

Bud Jankiewicz, co-chair of the 3A bond election campaign committee, said he was thankful to the community for the passage of 3A.

“I’m thankful for all of the people in the bond election campaign committee and the facilities committee that worked for the last 15 months to get this thing passed and get the grant from the state,” he said. “I’d like to thank the community for acknowledging that the kids need a really great school, and that our kids deserve it.”

He said a group of people had gathered at the home of Kim Wittbrodt, who co-chaired the bond election campaign committee with Bud Jankiewicz, to wait for the election results to be announced.

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