School board election canceled

District will go through an application process to choose a final board member

Posted 9/30/19

Englewood residents will not elect school board members this fall — because there are no candidates to vote on. Englewood Schools announced there would be no school board election this year as only …

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School board election canceled

District will go through an application process to choose a final board member

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Englewood residents will not elect school board members this fall — because there are no candidates to vote on.

Englewood Schools announced there would be no school board election this year as only one candidate filed for one of two open seats. That candidate, Gary Manfre, will officially be sworn in on Nov. 6, says Wendy Rubin, superintendent for Englewood Schools. The board will go through an application and interview process to appoint the other board member, hopefully by mid-November.

“From a community standpoint, you wish more people would want to be involved. It's just tough to see that,” Manfre said.

Manfre has five children who are going to school in the district and has lived in Englewood since 2009.

School board members Kevin Ebert and Sharon Scheminske have decided to step away from the board and focus on other commitments, according to Julie McMorris, a spokesperson for Englewood Schools. Manfre will be joining Tena Prange, president of the board, Jen Hubbard, second vice president of the board, and Caty Husbands, secretary of the board.

Rubin said applications for the final school board seat will be due by Nov. 11. Following that, the board will interview candidates at a public meeting on Nov. 14.

“For us, that's an opportunity to save the district some money. We're kind of fortunate in which we do have a process set up,” said Prange.

She said not having a school board election will save the school district about $15,000.

Englewood Schools isn't the only district to cancel its school board election this year. Westminster Public Schools canceled its election as it saw three people file for three open seats, Chalkbeat reported. St. Vrain and Thompson school districts in northern Colorado also canceled their school board elections due to lack of competition, Chalkbeat says.

“From my perspective as a district administrator, I'm looking for (a school board member) who is very interested in the success of our kids at Englewood, the success of our school district as a system and the value it brings to the community,” said Rubin.

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