Fourth candidate going for school board seat

As the deadline for applications closed in, the field of candidates for the District C seat on the District 51 School Board grew to four Monday.

Richard W. Langley, chief financial officer for energy service provider RP Services, added his name to the list of candidates seeking Harry Butler’s former seat on the board. Butler died June 2 and his seat must be filled within 60 days of his death per state statute.

Today is the last day for candidates to give the district a resume, letter of interest and sworn affidavit confirming the person has lived within District 51 boundaries for at least 12 consecutive months, has not been convicted of a sexual offense against a child and lives within District C boundaries.

Current school board members will interview candidates July 30 and appoint a replacement that evening. If the board reaches an impasse in voting, Board President Greg Mikolai will be able to pick the new board member, according to state statute.

As of Monday afternoon, candidates for the seat were Langley, former school board member Pat Kanda, former Grand Junction City Councilor Laura Luke and Colorado Mesa instructor and Realtor Mike Moran.

Langley, 56, said he hopes to bring his background in accounting and finance to help the board manage the district’s budget and give students and teachers enough resources to meet their needs.

“I’m used to watching out for funds and making sure they’re applied properly and efficiently. I’m hoping my experience would assist with getting students to reach their goals and give teachers the tools they need,” he said.

Langley’s education background includes serving as a guest director at University of California at Riverside’s school of entrepreneurship. He moved with his family to Grand Junction from Palm Springs, Calif., in 2008 and his son graduated in May from Grand Junction High School.

His board experience includes serving as secretary and treasurer on RP Services’ board of directors and serving on the board of a credit union in California.


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