School board to seek replacement in wake of Glah resignation
The most senior member of Aspen’s board of education, Bob Glah, announced at Monday’s board meeting that he will formally resign from the position at the end of April.
Glah, who serves as the board’s treasurer, has been a member of the board since 2009.
Outside his role with the school, Glah works as a financial advisor at the local wealth management group Ryan Investment Management.
Glah said his increased travel plans over the next year, due to both his job as well as aging family members, will challenge his ability to attend as many school board meetings as he has in the past.
“With the regularity of the school board meetings, it’s very important for me to know that I’m going to be challenged to make as many,” Glah said. “So I’d like to give somebody else that opportunity.”
Aspen School District Board of Education President Susan Marolt said Glah’s announcement Monday afternoon came as a “bit of surprise” but was not shocking.
“He’s always traveled a lot, plus now that his kids aren’t at home,” Marolt said. “I know he has other family issues and we understand what he’s got going on.”
Marolt said Glah’s experience and knowledge will be missed by his fellow board of education members.
“He always has an interesting perspective,” Marolt said. “He comes up with great ideas and he’s good at getting to the point on various issues.”
School district Superintendent John Maloy said Glah played a key role in delivering successful mill levy campaigns and also financial planning for the district.
“Bob has been a pleasure to work with over the years and will be missed by the board and the administrative team,” Maloy said.
As of February 2016, Aspen School District adopted a policy for fulfilling vacant spaces, said Angela Rittenhouse, Aspen School District secretary to the board of education.
The policy requires any vacant position to be filled within 60 days of any formal resignation, Rittenhouse said.
Qualified individuals must be residents of the Aspen School District, registered voters for at least 12 consecutive months and 18 years or older on the date of the appointment, according to the policy.
While the position will not be vacant until Glah formally resigns at the April 26 board of education meeting, Marolt said she is happy to talk with anyone who may be interested in the position beforehand.
Once vacant, members of the community who are interested in and qualify for the board position must submit letters of interest and resumes to members of the board, each of whom will review all interested applicants.
The policy states that the president of the board shall appoint two board members to meet with those candidates and between two and three applicants to the board for its consideration.
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