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Roaring Fork schools appoint new board member

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Roaring Fork School District once again has a full district Board of Education.

The school board appointed Basalt resident Richard Stettner to fill the District A seat, vacated by Mat Flink in August, at its Oct. 13 meeting. Stettner was sworn in at that meeting and has already assumed his roll on the board.

Stettner will fulfill the duties of District A for the remainder of Flink’s term, which expires in 2013.

Stettner was not available for comment Friday; a statement released by district Superintendent Judy Haptonstall indicated Stettner is an employee of the Aspen Skiing Co. as general manager of the Limelight Lodge. He holds a degree in hotel administration from the University of New Hampshire’s Wittemore School of Business and Economics.

According to Haptonstall, the district received very few applications for the open school board seat.

“We did have other interested applicants however, when you have to live in that specific part of the district, some of the people didn’t qualify,” Haptonstall said.

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She said that typically there are few applicants because the position requires a lot of extra time and includes no pay. Flink resigned his position on the board due to a job change which relocated him out of the area.

He was appointed to the board in the fall 2009, after the district canceled its board election for lack of any contested races.

Flink was the only candidate at the time for the seat.

District A generally encompasses the area south of Frying Pan Road, including Old Town Basalt, the south side of Basalt, and extending west to Catherine Store Road. The school district includes schools in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.