School Board vacancy declared

School Board vacancy declared
Posted on 09/15/2021
2021 school board

Grand Junction, CO - After nearly six years as a valued member of the District 51 Board of Education, Board Vice President Paul Pitton is resigning from his post, effective immediately. His fellow board members accepted his letter of resignation at a School Board Work Session on Tuesday, Sept. 14, and declared a vacancy on the board in the district he represented, Director District B.
The board must appoint a person to fill the vacancy within 60 days, according to Colorado Revised Statute 22-31-129, which also states that the appointee will serve out the remaining two years of Mr. Pitton’s term. The board’s proposed timetable for selecting a replacement is as follows:
* Sept. 14 - Vacancy declared
* Sept. 28 - People interested in the vacancy must submit a cover letter, resume, answers to a board questionnaire, and a sworn affidavit attesting to their qualification for office to Board Secretary Bridget Story at 2115 Grand Ave. by 4 p.m.
* Oct. 5 - Board members, having individually reviewed the applicant packages, will select applicants to interview. Board members will host a special meeting to interview the finalists.
The appointee must be a registered voter who has lived in District 51 boundaries for at least the past 12 months, as well as a current resident of Director District B. Anyone convicted of a sexual offense against a child is ineligible.
Director District B boundaries mostly encompass the Redlands east of Redlands Parkway; western Orchard Mesa; Gateway; Glade Park; and parts of downtown Grand Junction, south downtown, and northwest Grand Junction south of G Road and west of Seventh Street. A full map of Director Districts can be found here.
Mr. Pitton was elected to the board in November 2015 and re-elected in November 2019. He is a former teacher at Palisade High School and coaches football at Grand Junction High School. He is resigning from the board to spend more time with his family and concentrate on coaching.

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