Glah, Parker and Belinski win Aspen School Board seats
November 4, 2009
ASPEN – Robert Glah will join incumbents Elizabeth Parker and Charla Belinski on the Aspen School Board.
School district voters tabbed the trio for four-year terms on the board. A fourth candidate, Katy Frisch, was out of the running for the three seats up for election. One seat was vacant, as board member Ernie Fyrwald did not seek re-election.
Parker was the top vote-getter with 1,580 votes in the mail-in election; the votes were tallied Tuesday. Belinski followed with 1,457 and Glah garnered 1,420 votes. Frisch collected 1,189 votes.
It was a low-key election that favored the incumbents, said Belinski, current school board president.
“There wasn’t a lot on the ballot, but I think also the school district is in a very positive place right now. It think the voters were aware of that,” she said. “I think that helped the voters in this election.”
Glah, who could not be reached for comment, is treasurer of the Aspen Education Foundation, a nonprofit that helps provide funding for the district. At a candidate forum before the election, he said his top priority as a board member would be to put more teeth into the curriculum.
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Frisch, the only candidate to await the election returns at the county clerk and recorder’s office Tuesday evening, said she was disappointed with the outcome, but would continue to work on improving education.
The off-year election, with few questions and no burning issues on the ballot, was a difficult one in which to drum up voter interest, she said.
“It was like pulling teeth to get anybody to be interested in it,” Frisch said.
With two young children who aren’t yet in the school system, Frisch said she will continue to “be passionate about kids’ education.”
Among the challenges facing the school board, along with state budget cuts and securing housing for teachers, will be finding a successor for Superintendent Diana Sirko, who has indicated she plans to retire within the next few years.