Two take out petitions for school board |

Two take out petitions for school board

Jeanne McGovern
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Jeanne McGovern

The Aspen Times

ASPEN – The Aspen School District handed out two nomination petitions for the Board of Education on Wednesday, and current school board president Fred Peirce said he will take one out on Monday.

According to Angela Rittenhouse, administrative assistant to the superintendent, Sheila Wills and Carmen Dowley took out petitions. Candidates must submit nomination petitions, with the signatures of 50 valid registered voters, by Aug. 26 to be included in the Nov. 1 election, when two school board seats will be up for grabs.

Wills, who has a son at Aspen High School, said in July she was considering a bid for office; she attended a public meeting at that time where school members outlined the role of the Aspen school board and, in particular, its model of policy governance. She was the only community member present.

Dowley, who has two daughters in the Aspen schools, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Fred Peirce, current president of the school board, said Wednesday that he will pick up his petition at Monday’s school board meeting. If re-elected, it would be Peirce’s second consecutive four-year term; Peirce previously served on the BOE from 1997-2005.

The two seats currently up for election are those held by Peirce and Laura Kornasiewicz, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits. In fact, term limits could create an interesting scenario for the Aspen school board.

In 2013, Charla Belinski and Elizabeth Parker will be forced to leave the board by term limits. Bob Glah could run for re-election in 2013.

Thus, the “best-case scenario” down the road – if institutional memory is considered an important foundation for success – would be a board comprising three members with two years or less experience, one member with four years experience (Glah, if re-elected) and Peirce, with a total of 14 years of experience. Conversely, the board could ultimately be comprised of three new members and two members with only two years experience in 2014.

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