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Closely watched: How DougCo will fill a school board vacancy

By | January 16th, 2013

Because the Douglas County (Colo.) Board of Education has pursued so many reforms in recent years, this November’s election is likely to be closely watched - in Colorado and nationally.

“…the battle in Colorado’s third largest school district rages on under the bright lights. Education reformers, union leaders and concerned parents — not to mention other school boards — are paying attention,” wrote Ben DeGrow on Colorado Watchdog three months ago.

One wild card is a recent vacancy on the seven-memer board.

At Tuesday night’s meeting in Castle Rock, Board President John Carson described the process of filling that vacancy left by Vice President Dan Gerken, who had resigned and was not in attendance. The seat held by Gerken, along with three others, is up in November.

“…We have 60 days from tonight to fill that vacancy,” said Carson. “In the past, we have had an application process, which we’ll have again and we’ll put further information out in the next few days, that will include the application that has to be filled out. Interested parties have to live in District D and if you have questions about that, you may contact the board secretary, Nona Eichelberger, and give her your address and she will look it up and let you know whether you are in District D.

“The last time we had a vacancy, a couple years ago, we had close to 20 applicants. So, I anticipate we will have a healthy pool of applicants and then we’ll have an interview process and fill that vacancy within 60 days.”

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