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Board of Education considers six candidates to fill District E vacancy

Two rounds of voting end in stalemate

CASTLE ROCK – The Board of Education has begun the effort to select a new director for the District E vacancy. On Tuesday, October 18, directors nominated four finalists for the position, but the first round of voting ended in a stalemate.

A total of six candidates were chosen to interview for the position vacated by former Director Doug Benevento in August, including:

John Freeman of Highlands Ranch
Lorenzo Gonzales of Castle Pines
Bob Kaser of Castle Pines
Deborah O'Dell of Highlands Ranch
Steve Peck of Highlands Ranch
Sally Simmons of Castle Pines

Five of the candidates, including Freeman, Gonzales, O’Dell, Peck and Simmons interviewed at the last Board meeting on October 4. Kaser was unavailable that date due to a family commitment, but did interview on October 18.

Following Board Policy BF: Board Vacancies, later in the meeting, the Board members began the selection process.

Four candidates were nominated as finalists, including Freeman, Kaser, O'Dell and Peck. The Board took two rounds of votes and in both cases the result was a stalemate. No candidate received a majority of votes and the position was left vacant.

If no one is selected by the Board by November 7, Board President Meghann Silverthorn will fill the vacancy, as required by law.

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