Enos-Martinez will run again, Rice won’t

District 51 school board member Diann Rice has decided not to seek re-election this November.

Rice said Tuesday at a board meeting she is about to close on a home in Loveland and she plans to move there to be near her children and grandchildren. She declined to say exactly when she will move, but said she will resign from the board “close to” the end of her current four-year term, which expires in November.

Rice said her time on the board has been rewarding, but moving to be with her family “is even more rewarding.” She said her decision is entirely based on family and not any issues with the school district.

Rice serves District A, which includes Fruita and parts of the Redlands. She put her farm in Fruita on the real estate market in April and sold it two months later. She will continue to reside in the Fruita home under agreement with the buyer as long as she is on the school board.

Board President Harry Butler said he will miss Rice’s presence on the board.

“She’s a sharp lady. She knows her stuff and she really is concerned” about schools, Butler said.

District A and western Grand Junction-based District B, served by board member Cindy Enos-Martinez, are up for re-election Nov. 1. Enos-Martinez said after Tuesday’s meeting she plans to seek a second term.

“It’s been a wonderful, rewarding experience and there’s still so much I want to be a part of,” she said.

School board candidates, including Enos-Martinez, have to collect 50 valid petition signatures to run for District A or B this fall. The petitions are available beginning this morning in the Superintendent’s Office at 2115 Grand Ave. Completed petitions are due to the same office by 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

The board has until the end of August to decide whether to add a mill levy override to the same ballot that will contain two races for school board. A district-funded phone survey to gauge community reaction to a possible override wrapped last week and mail-in surveys are expected to roll into the district’s administration building through this Friday.

So far, more than 6,000 of the 32,800 surveys mailed to voters have been returned, according to Superintendent Steve Schultz.

“We’re glad people are taking an interest, whether they agree with us or not,” Schultz said.


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