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New Montezuma-Cortez, Dolores school board members sworn in

New Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 board members were sworn in Tuesday evening.
New board members assume their roles about a month after Nov. 2 election

New school board members were elected in the Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 and Dolores School District RE-4A.

On the Montezuma-Cortez Board of Education, three new directors were sworn in Tuesday evening.

Ed Rice, Jeanette Hart and Layne Frazier joined board members Sheri Noyes, Stacey Hall and Cody Wells as directors in the district.

Rice began a four-year term representing District E, after winning against incumbent Tammy Hooten with 2,222 votes in the Nov. 2 election. Hooten received 1,302 votes.

The seats for District B and G were uncontested. Hart began a four-year term as director for District B, while Frazier will serve for two years on District G.

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Former board members Jack Schuenemeyer and Chris Flaherty represented Districts B and G, respectively, before vacating their positions on Sept. 23. Their terms were set to expire in November.

Sherri Wright, former board president and new vice president, was the only board member to not face reelection. She has two years left in her term serving District C.

Board members Sheri Noyes, representing District F, and Stacey Hall, representing District D, began new four-year terms Tuesday. District A Director Cody Wells began a two-year term.

Noyes assumed the role of board president, while Hart was elected treasurer and Hall, secretary.

In Dolores, new member Lori Raney was sworn in Wednesday morning, alongside Casey McClellan, who was reelected to the school board.

They won the most votes for the two open seats – 724 and 714 – out of four candidates.

Heather Barritt won 675 votes, and Jerry Whited won 670 votes.

The elected positions remained the same, with board member Maegan Crowley acting as president; McClellan, vice president; Clay Tallmadge, secretary; and Lenetta Shull, treasurer.

Raney replaced former board member Kay Phelps and will serve on the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services, Superintendent Reece Blincoe said.

New Mancos school board members Emily Hutcheson-Brown and Victor Figueroa were sworn in Nov.15.