School board to vet applicants for open seat


The first four of seven candidates will be interviewed Monday at 5:30 p.m. in a special meeting of the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education at the district offices, 500 Laser Road.

On tap to meet with the board members as they seek to replace recently resigned District 3 member Martha Janssen are Lee Ann Caldwell, Katherine Covey, Kim Lanoy-Sandoval and Cheryl Montoya. On Tuesday, also starting at 5:30, the board will interview three more candidates: Jeffery Morgan, Scarlett Taylor and Carl Wilken.

Candidate interviews are the lone agenda item for each day.

District 3 basically includes the area south of Southern Boulevard and west of Golf Course Road, as well as most of Rio Rancho west of Ivory Road and 10th Street. Janssen recently informed the board that she has married and moved to a new home outside of District 3, hence her unexpected resignation.

The meetings are open to the public.

After the interviews, the board is expected to select the best applicant and get him or her approved, sworn in and seated by April 11. The individual will serve until Jan. 1, 2020, unless he/she wins election in November, which would add four years to the term.

Previously, the District 3 position came up for election with the other two “odd” district seats, 1 and 5. Now the election cycle will change: District 1 and 5 members, Catherine Cullen and Wynne Coleman, respectively, will have their seats come up for election again in 2021, and districts 2, 3 and 4 will have their next elections, after those in November, in 2023.

— Gary Herron


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