Parker, Fyrwald, Belinski win seats on school board | AspenTimes.com

Parker, Fyrwald, Belinski win seats on school board

John Colson

Elizabeth Parker

Elizabeth Parker, Ernie Fyrwald and Charla Belinski were the winners in Tuesday’s Aspen School District board of directors election.Parker garnered the most votes at 2,345, while Fyrwald came in second with 1,971 and Belinski third with 1,880.The three will replace longtime board members Alice Davis, Fred Peirce and Jon Seigle, who are stepping down because of term limits.

Parker, the big winner of the evening, attended a victory party at The Cantina restaurant and bar. During a break in the party, she said the mechanics of her campaign consisted of interviews with local media and sending out e-mails to friends with a request to pass the message on.”So it was a high-tech campaign,” she said with a laugh. She said she believes she won mostly because “people were reassured by my experience, my professional and previous board experience,” and that voters felt she could take up her new position with relative ease.Asked what her first task will be, she said, “I really want to tackle the new middle school, very quickly.” She said she wants to see that the bonds are sold quickly, the cost estimates for the new school are “firmed up” and the contracts signed with construction firms.

Then, she said, “I’d really like to start figuring out lines of communication with teachers and staff,” to learn what staffers would like to see most from the district and what she as a board member could do to help them do their jobs.Parker said she could have worked well with any of the five candidates for the three open seats: “I think Ernie and Charla are terrific; we’ll have a very hardworking group.”Belinski, reached at her home Tuesday night, said simply that she was “very excited to get started to work” on the issues facing the district, including her desire to increase communications between the district and the community at large.

She also said she looks forward to fostering “the positive momentum that we have. We have some great leadership” at the district.She said she “laid low” on election day, rather than going out and knocking on doors, and “let the chips fall where they may.”Fyrwald was out of the country on business, his family said, and could not be reached for comment.

But Superintendent Diana Sirko said of the board election results, “We really felt all along that we had nothing to lose there. We had five good candidates, [and] we appreciated all five candidates and their willingness to serve the community.”The two incumbent board members, Laura Kornasiewicz and Sally Hansen, both said they are looking forward to working with the new members.John Colson’s e-mail address is jcolson@aspentimes.com

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