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School board to fill vacancy

At the end of last Thursday’s special meeting of the Archuleta School District 50 Joint board, director Pete Kasper announced his intention to resign from his District 1 seat as of May 1.

Although the board has yet to accept Kasper’s resignation, it is expected that a vacancy on the board will be announced during the May 8 school board meeting.

Kasper is currently the Lead Water Commissioner for Districts 29, 77 and 78 with the Division of Water Resources. Kasper will be taking a job in Pueblo, Colo., to head up Division 2 for the Division of Water Resources.

“I feel bad because I was just getting going with the board,” Kasper said regarding his resignation. “There’s a lot of good things going on with the district, but there’s still much to do.”

Kasper was appointed to the board last September following the resignation of Bill Nobles. Citing his prior background in education as a teacher and experience with the board (having served on both the District Accountability Committee and Facilities Advisory Committee), as well as friendships with other board members, Kasper said he was a good fit to serve on the board at that time. Unaware of his advancement opportunity with the Division of Water Resources at that time, Kasper said he almost certainly would have run for reelection for his seat in 2013.

Following the board’s announcement of an expected vacancy, individuals interested in filling that seat must be a resident of District 1 and anyone convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child is ineligible to serve in any district seat.

The school district describes District 1 boundaries as the area north of U.S. 160 that includes parts of the Pines I and Pines II subdivisions; north of the subdivisions, the district is bounded on the west by Piedra Road (CR 600) to Hinsdale County. The district is bounded on the east by CR 600 to Stevens Lake Road, up Stevens Lake Road to Dutton Creek, then bounded by Plumtaw Road to Fourmile Road to Mineral County.

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 Street.

Aside from the brief tenure a District 1 board member will face (and a reelection race, should that board member decide to run), Kasper acknowledges that his replacement will face other challenges.

“With declining enrollment and the loss of funding that goes with that, there’s a lot to be done,” Kasper said. “We (the board) are looking to do some incredible things with less money, but we can get that done. We’re going to have to spend money on our facilities, whether that means new buildings or fixing the old ones. It will be a real challenge.”

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