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Candidate petitions due Aug. 28 for school board election

The Archuleta County School District 50 Joint Board of Education has announced it is soliciting nominations for candidates wishing to run for seats on the school board, representing District One and District Five.

District One, currently represented by board president Matt Aragon, is 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.

District Five, represented by board secretary/treasurer Linda Lattin, is bounded to the west by CR 700 from the New Mexico border to the intersection at U.S. 160. The district is bounded to the north by U.S. 160, excluding the town of Pagosa Springs, Colorado’s Timber Ridge Ranch and most areas within the Pagosa Meadows subdivisions. East of U.S. 84, the district is bounded to the north by CR 302 to the Rito Blanco, which bounds the district to the confluence with the Rio Blanco. The district is then bounded to the north by the Rio Blanco, all the way to Conejos County. The district is bounded to the east by Conejos County and to the south by the New Mexico border.

District boundaries described here are approximations and individuals interested in filling school board seats who are uncertain if they reside in the appropriate district should contact the Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder’s Office for more accurate information. Likewise, petitions for intent to run for the seats may be obtained from the clerk’s office.

According to the school district, nominees interested in running for the seats will need to submit the petition, signed by at least 50 eligible electors who are registered to vote in the regular biennial school election, along with a written notice of intent to be a candidate. In order to be eligible to file a petition, a candidate must have been a registered elector of the appropriate school district (either District One or District Five) for at least 12 consecutive months before the election and a resident of the district that will represented.

Petitions of intent must be submitted to the county clerk’s office no later than 4 p.m., Aug. 28, 2009. Elections for the district seats will be held Nov. 3, 2009.

Anyone convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child is ineligible to run for a district seat.

Individuals interested in running for the district seats should direct any questions to the school district administration office, 264-2228, or the Archuleta County Clerk and Recorder’s Office at 264-8350.

jim@pagosasun.com