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Time is short to run for school board

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoStudents are preparing to head back to class next week, which is also the deadline to become a candidate for school board.

EAGLE COUNTY ” Five spots are up for election on the Eagle County Board of Education this November.

And if you’re interested in running, you have until Aug. 31 to file your paperwork with the school district.

Terms will expire this year for board members Connie Kincaid-Strahan for district A, Keith Thompson for district C, Jason Benderly for district G and Brian Nolan for district F. They will all seek reelection.

Mary Ann Stavney’s term is ending in district D, but she will not seek reelection. She’s instead teaching at Eagle Valley High School.

The positions for District F and G are for two-year terms, and the rest are for four-year terms.

Terms for Board president Scott Green and Andy Arnold in district B won’t end until 2009.

As of Thursday afternoon, only the incumbents have put their hat in the race.

“Sometimes there are contestants, sometimes there’s nobody that runs at all and people are appointed, so there’s not even an election in that sense,” said Brooke Skjonsby, communications director for the school district.

The Board of Education approves all major decisions for the school district. They have control over spending, building, school programs and hiring of key administrators like the superintendent.

Candidates must be a registered voter and a resident of the school district for at least 12 consecutive months. They must also live in the district they wish to represent.

Anyone who’s been convicted of a sexual offense against a child is ineligible.

To file for candidacy, you must submit a written notice of your intention to run and a nomination petition signed by 50 registered voters in Eagle County. Petitions can be picked up at the school district offices in Eagle and must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Aug. 31.

Staff writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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