Kremmling: Ritschard sworn in as West Grand school board member |

Kremmling: Ritschard sworn in as West Grand school board member

Katie Looby
Kremmling, Colorado

The West Grand Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Susan Ritschard to fill a vacant seat on the board.

“I’m excited and pleased,” she said. “I look forward to the challenge.”

Ritschard is a rancher and part-time Grand County Combined Court collections investigator. She has three children enrolled in the district.

Ritschard, 45, is past president of Kremmling Preschool, former middle school District Action Team member and part of the District Accountability Committee, and an Elementary School Improvement Committee member, as well as a Kremmling recreation team member.

She also is interested in improving the quality of education and Colorado Student Assessment Program scores hiring the new superintendent, she said.

Ritschard was chosen to fill the remainder of Jenny Uren’s term, which is up in November.

The other three members who will be up for reelection in November are Gary Bumgarner, Dave Jones and Teri Tanton.

Board President Larry Banman encouraged other candidates who were interested in filling Uren’s position, Chris Brown, Brendan Gale and Dave Skinner, to run in the next election or participate in the selection committee to help with the superintendent search.

Uren recently accepted a full-time kindergarten paraprofessional position, which led her to step down from the school board.

“Jenny has been a board member for three year,” Banman said. “Now you are following your heart in a vocation that you enjoy. You’re dedication to the board is outstanding. Everything that you brought will be sorely missed.”

Uren said she did enjoy the meetings.

“It was fun and I enjoyed every minute of it,” she added.

” Katie Looby covers Kremmling, education and sports for the Sky-Hi Daily News. She can be reached by calling (970) 887-3334 ext. 19601 or e-mail

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