Littleton Public Schools followed the lead of four other metro school districts and canceled board elections this year for lack of contested races. …
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Littleton Public Schools followed the lead of four other metro
school districts and canceled board elections this year for lack of
The decision was made official at a Sept. 3 Board of Education
Adams 12, Aurora, Cherry Creek and Commerce City boards have
voted to cancel their Nov. 3 elections.
“I think it’s a challenging time to be a board member,” said
School Board Member Lucie Stanish, citing the state’s financial
crisis as a possible reason for lack of interested candidates this
“But our district is working well together to make the best of
With a roller coaster of a year behind them, including massive
budget cuts and school closures, Stanish says the board is
concerned about the financial situation and how it will impact
Littleton Public Schools and all districts in coming years.
“It really shows their character,” Stanish said about incumbents
Bob Colwell, Sue Chandler and Renee Howell returning for another
term. “These people have been involved in the district for a long
time. They’re dedicated volunteers.”
In nearby Douglas County, however, races are heating up.
With the recent resignation of Superintendent Jim Christensen,
Douglas County’s school board has a great deal to decide about the
Four of the district’s seven school board seats are up for grabs
and candidates are starting to introduce themselves to the
Board elections also will be held in Jefferson County, Boulder
Valley, Westminster, St. Vrain, Englewood and Brighton.
According to the National School Boards Association, members
tend to spend about 25 hours per month on board business, and those
in large districts spend 20 or more hours a week on board
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