Morgan wins school board seat
Gypsum, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY – Ross Morgan beat Modesto “Mo” Sanchez Tuesday night in the race for a seat on the Eagle County School Board.
Morgan won with 65 percent of the votes. He earned 2,446 votes to Sanchez’s 1,313 votes.
“I’m pretty excited,” Morgan said. “I’m looking forward to helping out with Eagle County schools and just kind of seeing where things are going.”
Sanchez could not be reached for comment. The Gypsum resident and baseball coach had said he wanted to join the school board to give back to his community.
“I like the fact that Mo and I were both running, giving people an option,” Morgan said. “I think Mo would have done a fine job, too.”
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A majority of voters across the Eagle County School District voted Morgan into his four-year term in District E, which covers Gypsum. He replaces school board president Scott Green, who held the seat for eight years before reaching his term limit.
Morgan, a 29-year-old Gypsum resident who used to teach at Eagle Valley High School, is as an engineering technician for the town of Gypsum.
Looking forward to his term on the school board, Morgan expects the old Battle Mountain high school to be a hot topic.
“I have to get up to date with everything that’s going on,” Morgan said. “Obviously they didn’t make decision on what to do with Battle Mountain, so I think that’s one of the first things the school board is going to have to work on and really come to a decision on.”
The board has been weighing turning the old Battle Mountain High School in Eagle-Vail into a pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school.
“The cost of renovating the school seems a little high so that’s certainly a concern,” Morgan said. “I still stand by the fact that I like the idea and I want to look at the cost more in-depth to see if there is anything that can be done about that.”
With regard to other school board seats, Mark Conlin got 3,167 votes, earning a four-year term in District B, which covers most of Vail. Incumbent Brian Nolan held onto his seat for another four years in District F, which covers Avon and parts of Eagle-Vail, with 3,309 votes. Conlin and Nolan were both unopposed.
The school board plans to appoint a candidate Nov. 11 to an open seat in District G, which covers parts of Edwards. Jason Benderly did not seek re-election in that district and no one ran for the seat.
Staff writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.