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Montezuma-Cortez School Board seeks new member for District B

Jeanette Hart’s resignation was effective Oct. 31. (Montezuma-Cortez School District)
The Board accepted Jeanette Hart’s resignation on Tuesday

At their Tuesday meeting, the Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 School District announced a school board member vacancy in District B after member Jeanette Hart resigned from the board effective Oct. 31.

According to Hart’s resignation letter, she originally planned to resign in July.

In her letter, Hart expressed her appreciation for the board members and her time spent on the Board of Education.

“After careful consideration and a heavy heart, I have made the difficult decision to resign my position as school board director and treasurer,” Hart said.

“It has been my pleasure working with our school board members and administration and I am proud of each of them and the knowledge base they each exemplify,” Hart continued. “However, I do not feel that I am servicing the board as I had wished in giving back to the community that I have lived in for 48 years due to being torn between my family, work and trying to educate myself as to the school board activities.”

Letters of interest are being accepted for the seat in District B, and the deadline to submit a letter is Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m.

Applicants are asked to submit their letter of interest to the Montezuma-Cortez School Board by mail or deliver in person to Debra Ramsey at the Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 building 400 N. Elm St., mail to P.O. Box R in Cortez or by email to deb.ramsey@cortez.k12.co.us.

By state law, the board has 60 days after declaring a vacancy to find a new member. The member taking over Hart’s seat will serve until November 2025, where they may run for a full four-year term.

The board asks that the letter of interest include educational background, knowledge of how a school district operates, knowledge of board duties, reasons for interest to serve on the board, community and Montezuma-Cortez School District involvement and a minimum of two letters of support (maximum of five), including one from a business leader and one from a civic leader.

According to the board, interviews (by invitation) will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. in the boardroom at the district office.

To be eligible for assuming the board seat, a candidate must be a registered elector of and residing in Montezuma-Cortez School District B for the past 12 months, at least.

Questions can be directed to Debra Ramsey, executive assistant to the superintendent and school board at (970) 564-4187 or via email at deb.ramsey@cortez.k12.co.us.