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District seeks candidates for school board appointment

With the resignation of Sandy Caves from the Archuleta School District 50 Joint Board of Directors last week, the board declared a board vacancy in District 3 on Tuesday and is soliciting letters of interest to fill that seat.

The board accepted Caves’ resignation and declared a vacancy for the seat at a Tuesday night meeting.

According to a press release sent out by the district, individuals interested in being considered for appointment to the seat need to submit a letter of interest by Tuesday, Sept. 22 , to the District Office at 309 Lewis St. Those letters can also be mailed to Executive Secretary Robyn Bennett, Archuleta School District 50 Joint, P.O. Box 1498, Pagosa Springs, Colorado 81147.

Letters of interest must address the following three questions:

• Why do you want to be on the board?

• Do you plan on running for the position once your term expires in November of 2011?

• What is your philosophy of education as it relates to serving on the board?

Individuals interested in filling the seat must be a resident of District 3 and anyone convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child is ineligible to serve in any district seat.

The school district’s press release describes District 3 boundaries as:

Beginning at a point on U.S. 160, where it intersects with County Road (CR) 600, the boundary line for District 3 runs north along CR 600 to the intersection of Stevens Lake Road, then runs north along Steven’s Lake Road to the intersection of Dutton Creek and again heads north along Dutton Creek to the intersection of US Forest Service Road (USFS Road) 661, then northeast along USFS Road 661 to the intersection of CR 400 and north along CR 400 to the Mineral/Archuleta County line.

On the east, the boundary picks up from the Mineral/Archuleta County line to the Rio Grande/Archuleta County line, again east along the Rio Grande/Archuleta County line, and to the south along the Rio Grande/Archuleta County line to the Rio Blanco River. The boundary runs southwest along the Rio Blanco River to where it intersects with U.S. 84, runs north along U.S. 84 to CR 326, north along the Rito Blanco River to USFS Road 24.

To the west, the boundary runs along USFS Road 24 to the intersection with USFS Road 665, west along USFS Road 665 to the intersection of CR 302, west on CR 302 to the intersection of U.S. 84, north on U.S. 84 to the junction of U.S. 84 and U.S. 160. The boundary runs west on U.S. 160 to the intersection of First Street, north on First Street to the intersection of Lewis Street, then west on Lewis Street to the intersection of U.S. 160, and runs west on U.S. 160 to the beginning point where U.S. 160 intersects with CR 600.

A detailed map of the districts and their boundaries can be obtained from the Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 449 San Juan St.

The board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Pagosa Springs Junior High School library to interview candidates. Following the interviews, the board will make a selection and swear in the new director at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m.

For additional information, call the district office at 264-2228, Ext. 401 or 402.