Timeline established for vacant board seat

New school board member will be appointed on Nov. 19

Posted 10/21/19

The application window for the final seat on the Englewood Schools Board of Education is officially open, after not enough people filed to run for the board to spur an election. The school board …

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Timeline established for vacant board seat

New school board member will be appointed on Nov. 19

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The application window for the final seat on the Englewood Schools Board of Education is officially open, after not enough people filed to run for the board to spur an election.

The school board passed a resolution at an Oct. 15 meeting to lay out the process it will go through to fill the final seat. Gary Manfre, who is soon to be a member of the board, was the only person who filed for one of two open seats. School board members Kevin Ebert and Sharon Scheminske are stepping away from the board to focus on other commitments.

Applications for the position will be due by 3 p.m. on Nov. 11. Following that, the board will interview certain applicants on Nov. 14 and will fill the vacancy at a special Nov. 19 meeting at 6 p.m. at 3838 S. Huron St.

Tena Prange, president of Englewood Schools Board of Education, said the board purposely set the deadlines the way it did so that candidates who don't win in other city elections have an opportunity to be a board member. She specifically pointed to Englewood City Council candidates.

“This is a nice opportunity for the current sitting board to directly interview and select someone to work with. It brings us a little closer to those candidates,” said Prange. “While it was sad we didn't see the uprising of interest this year, there's a silver lining.”

In the application process, candidates are asked why they would live to serve on the Englewood Schools Board of Education, what they see as the district's biggest opportunity and how they would address it and what they know about the Academic Advancement Initiative, a roadmap to sustainable change in Englewood Schools ─ something that primarily focuses on Englewood Schools leaders and teachers.

“It's absolutely really important that we get a board member who fills this seat who is dedicated to Englewood, the kids in Englewood and that they are committed to understanding and advocating in the current Colorado education landscape,” said Wendy Rubin, Englewood Schools superintendent.

Prange said if there are six or fewer board member applicants, then each applicant will get a chance to be interviewed. She acknowledged that the board has already received email inquiries. Whoever joins the board will work with Manfre, Prange, Jen Hubbard, second vice president of the board, and Caty Husbands, secretary of the board.

“The board is just excited to be able to get to know the applicants. We just want the word out as far as the timeline goes so that we can get a good number of applicants,” said Michelle Haider, executive assistant to the superintendent for Englewood Schools.

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