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Applicant field set for school board vacancy in Riverton

Jun 22, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer

Incumbent members of the Riverton school board will interview the five candidates and announce the appointment this month.

The five citizens who filed letters of interest for appointment to the Fremont County School District 25 Board of Education by Thursday's deadline are L. Greg Ashdown, Lynette Jeffres, Scott Morrow, Ted Ray and Randy Tucker.

Incumbent members of the Riverton school board will interview the five candidates and announce their appointment by the end of the month.

Ashdown is an employee of ConocoPhillips, Jeffres works in the office of the Central Wyoming College Foundation, and Morrow is employed by Wyoming Indian School District 14.

Ray works for Encana USA, and Tucker is a recently retired Fremont County educator who writes part time for The Ranger.

All are residents of Fremont County School District 25.

The appointee will serve on the seven-member board from July 1 to Dec. 1, filling out the term of Bill Russell, who is moving to Casper.

Russell announced his intention to resign from the school board, effective June 30, at the meeting of the Riverton school board June 5.

He would have completed his second four-year term on the board Dec. 1.

The new appointee, along with other candidates, will have the opportunity to seek a full four-year elected term on the school board beginning in December.

Other Riverton school board members whose terms expire in December are Carl Manning, Glenn Ogg and Dean Peranteaux.

Filing for the regular school board elections begins in August.

Midway through their elected terms on the board are members Larry Christensen, Marisa Root and Mark Stone.

In his letter of interest, Ashdown noted that he is the father of seven children and has been active in their lives and those of other youth "through school mentoring, scouting, coaching, and church leadership."

Jeffres said her ties to District 25 go way back. Her mother was a longtime teacher in the district, and Jeffres spent several years working as a substitute and then as a full-time employee in the activity director's office of Fremont County School District 25.

Morrow was narrowly defeated for election to the Riverton school board two years ago and said, "I still have aspirations to serve the community through the school district." Citing his experience as a school teacher and administrator, Morrow said, "My reasons for entering into this profession have always been in the interest of working for the students."

Ray, a graduate of Riverton High School and Central Wyoming College, said that while he has been in his current job for 34 years, the past eight years also have been spent substitute teaching in the Riverton school district.

"I would like to be part of the voice that speaks for and looks out for our children," Ray said in his application.

Tucker pointed out that he has been involved in various roles in education for the past 32 years "and would like to try the view from the board level."

He has been a teacher, coach, sponsor, technology director, assistant superintendent, acting superintendent and served on the Fort Washakie Charter School Board "but (has) not had the opportunity to serve on a traditional school board."

The next business meeting of the Riverton school board is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, in the public meeting room of the central administration building on North Fifth Street West.

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