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District to fill school board vacancy

On Tuesday, Archuleta School District 50 Joint formally announced a vacancy on its board of directors for the seat representing District 1.

As reported in the April 19 edition of The SUN, director Pete Kasper announced his intention to resign from his District 1 seat as of May 1. On Tuesday, the district board accepted Kasper’s resignation.

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.

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.

Furthermore, a press release provided to The SUN on Tuesday evening read, “A person who desires to be considered for the vacant school director position needs to submit a letter of interest by 3 p.m. on May 25, 2012, to the District Office at 309 Lewis Street, Pagosa Springs; by e-mail,; or by mail to: Executive Secretary Robyn Bennett, PO Box 1498, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. The letter of intent must address the following: 1. Why do you want to be on the Board? 2. Do you plan on running for the position once your term expires in November of 2013? 3. What is your philosophy of education as it relates to serving on the Board? The Board of Education plans to conduct interviews at 5:00 p.m. on May 30, 2012.”

The school district describes District 1 boundaries as the area, “Beginning at the intersection of Hwy 160 and County Rd. (CR) 600, the boundary line of Director District #1 shall run North along CR 600 to the intersection of Steven’s Lake Rd, thence Northerly along Steven’s Lake Rd to the intersection of Dutton Creek, thence North along Dutton Creek to the intersection of U.S. Forest Service Rd (USFS RD) 661, thence Northeast along USFS RD 661 to the intersection of CR 400, thence North along CR 400 to the Archuleta/Mineral County line, thence West along the Archuleta/Mineral County line, thence North along the Archuleta/Mineral County line to the Archuleta/Hinsdale County line, thence continuing North along the Mineral/Hinsdale County line to the Continental Divide, thence West along the Continental Divide to the East line of La Plata County, thence South along the common boundary of the La Plata/Hinsdale County line to the Northwest boundary of Archuleta County, thence East along the common boundary of Archuleta/Hinsdale County to CR 600, thence Southerly along CR 600 to North Pagosa Blvd., thence South along North Pagosa Blvd. to the intersection of Hwy 160, thence East along Hwy 160 to the beginning point where Hwy 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.

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.

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