School board election likely to be canceled
EAGLE COUNTY ” There’s one less reason to vote Nov. 1
The Eagle County School Board will meet next week, and will probably cancel its spot on the county’s November ballot because there won’t be any contested races for seats on that board.
The terms of four board members expire this year. School Board President Scott Green and Board Member Andy Arnold want new terms. Board members Carri Tedstrom and Louise Funk chose to leave the board.
With two open seats, only one person, Pat Donovan of Avon, decided to seek a spot on the board.
With two kids at Avon Elementary School now, and another headed there next year, Donvan and his wife, Marcy, have been involved in that school for several years.
Marcy is one of the volunteer leaders of the annual Wild West Day fund-raiser for local elementary schools. Pat has for the past few years represented the school on the district’s accountability committee.
“While I was doing that, I developed an interest in participating at a higher level,” Pat Donovan said.
Donovan works for Vail Resorts, running and developing new skiing and golf clubs.
With no other candidates, Green, Arnold and Donovan are assured seats. Early next year, the board will ask for applications from Edwards residents to fill Tedstrom’s seat, and will then appoint someone.
School board members aren’t paid, and the job requires a lot of time. Still, one school board member said she was surprised there wasn’t more interest.
“I’m always surprised when people don’t step up,” Board Member Connie Kincaid-Strahan said. “That’s how I ended up on the board. No one stepped up, so I did.”
With years of first-hand knowledge about the demands of the job, Kincaid-Strahan said she understands why Funk and Tedstrom decided not to run again.
And, she said, she understands why people might not think they have the time. But there are some benefits.
“All you hear is the negative, from Tipsline and Mike Cacioppo and company,” Arnold said. “But it’s the most rewarding thing I think I’ve done. We’ve got a great staff, dedicated teachers, and everybody wants what’s best for the kids.”
And, Arnold said, he hopes someone who shares that dedication applies for Tedstrom’s seat.
“They need to be dedicated to the community, and willing to take the time to understand the challenges we face,” he said.
Other board members have similar wish lists.
“I hope to have someone who’s kids are in public schools. I think Edwards Elementary and Berry Creek Middle School are kind of under-represented right now,” Board Member Mary Ann Stavney said.
“I hope we find someone who wants the best thing for students as opposed to their own personal agenda,” Kincaid-Strahan added.
While Donovan will be a new face for many members of the board, Stavney said she expects him to do a good job.
“I met him when was on the district accountability committee from Avon Elementary,” Stavney said. “He asks thoughtful questions, and he’s a strong listener. He brings good work experience to the board. He provides an interesting perspective.”
Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 613, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vail Daily, Vail Colorado
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