Two apply for board vacancy

School district accepting applications through Feb. 22


Two Castle Rock women have applied for a vacant seat on the Douglas County School Board. The board will accept applications until Feb. 22.

Joan Brown and Christine Strang submitted applications for the post vacated in January by Dan Gerken. Gerken’s District D includes the southeast portion of the county, and any potential board member must live within that area.

The vacant term expires in November, so the person assigned to the seat will either serve an abbreviated term or run for re-election.

The current board will interview the candidates and choose Gerken’s replacement.

School Board President John Carson did not directly respond when asked if the board is seeking a candidate who supports their education reform efforts.

“We’re accepting applications from anyone who lives in that district who wants to apply,” he said. “That’s about the best I can say. It’s an open process. We are looking for a great pool of applicants.

“I’m very optimistic we’ll have a great new board member sometime in March.”

The position is unpaid and requires about a 20-hour commitment per month.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, a 12-month resident and registered voter of the district, and have no interest in district contracts. All current school board members are registered Republicans, but the office is officially nonpartisan.

Gerken, elected in 2009, cited family and work obligations in his resignation.

For more information, visit the district’s website at or contact board secretary Nona Eichelberger at


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