Seven to interview for school board seat left vacant by recall


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The Raton school board will interview all seven candidates who applied for a vacant board position.

Meanwhile, the board will have a separate process to fill a second vacancy.

Both decisions about how to proceed were made at a special board meeting on Tuesday.

The board will conduct interviews during a special meeting on Monday at the Raton High School media center. Those interviews are part of the process to fill a position vacated by Michael Anne Holland, who was recalled from the board in late April. The board plans to make an appointment to the seat June 10.

The seven applicants include three former school board members: Art Salazar, P.J. Mileta and Stephanie Jansen. Also, four of the seven — Salazar, Mileta, Ursula Garcia and Robert Gonzales — earlier this year applied for a position vacated by Sheila Castellini, who resigned in March. Castellini had been scheduled to join Holland on the April recall ballot. The board selected Ted Kamp to fill the position left vacant by Castellini’s resignation.

The other applicants for Holland’s former board seat are Raton school staff member Kathy Honeyfield, and Beaver Segotta, who owns Mesa Tire.

The interviews on Monday will follow the second of two public hearings regarding the 2013-2014 school district budget. Monday’s budget hearing begins at 5:30 p.m.

At Monday’s meeting, the board is also expected to set deadlines for people who wish to submit applications to fill another vacant position. That position was held by Anne Litchfield, who is moving from the area. She announced her resignation last week.

In other business Tuesday, the board selected longtime board member Art Armijo as president, a position Litchfield had held prior to her resignation. Armijo first joined the board in November 2002 to fill a vacancy left by Jerry Stolarczyk, then was elected to a two-year term in 2003. He was then re-elected to a four-year term in 2005, and again in 2009 and this year.

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