Kremmling – Five races, override could be on West Grand schools ballot |

Kremmling – Five races, override could be on West Grand schools ballot

Drew Munro
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

West Grand School District voters may face a crowded ballot come November.

Five school board member seats will be up for election and voters will be asked to override constitutional restrictions on the amount of revenue the district is permitted to collect each year.

Board members debated last Tuesday night whether to ask voters for the overrides when so many seats may be contested in November.

“I would have a hard time going out and asking people to vote for this in this (economic) environment,” said board member Gary Baumgarner, adding that voters would judge candidates on the override issue.

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That, said board member Brendan Gale, amounts to “trial by fire.”

“Decisions don’t get a whole lot easier if you get elected,” he said.

Baumgarner cast the lone dissenting vote when the board adopted a resolution instructing staff to notify county clerks in Grand, Eagle and Summit counties that the district will be placing an override issue on the ballot.

The board will decide later how much to ask for to replace various existing overrides that will expire in the next two years.

Of the five school board seats up for election, four will be four-year terms and one will be a two-year term.

The school district will publish a call for nominations in early August. To be eligible, candidates must collect at least 25 signatures on petitions in support of their candidacy.

The petitions may not be circulated before Aug. 5 and must be turned in by Aug. 28. Nominating petitions may be picked up at the West Grand Administration Building, 715 Kinsey Ave., Kremmling.

Candidates must be registered electors residing in the district for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to Election Day, Nov. 3, 2009. They also cannot have been convicted of committing a sexual offense against a child.

West Grand school board elections are non-partisan, so candidates do not run as representatives of a political party.

– Drew can be reached at (970) 887-3334 ext. 19610 or at

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