No school board election for Littleton Public Schools

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Littleton Public Schools will not hold a school board election this year, as no one filed to run against the two incumbents whose seats were up for grabs.

The school board unanimously voted Sept. 1 not to go through with an unnecessary election. Mary Nichols and Lucie Stanish automatically won their second terms.

Keeping the current board together for at least another two years eliminates any learning curve associated with a new member.

“We’ve worked as a board for the last four years, and I think the consistency and just having that continuity makes a big difference, because everyone is already up to speed on so many of the issues,” Board President Bob Colwell said.

Colorado law allows school boards to cancel elections if only as many candidates have registered as there are open seats. Nichols and Stanish were the only two candidates who filed prior to the Aug. 29 deadline.

By deciding against an election, the district likely saved itself between $40,000 and $65,000. The board likely would have gone ahead with an election despite the lack of candidates in less challenging economic times, according to an LPS press release.

Stanish, the board treasurer, began her first term in November 2007. She’s a Littleton native and a graduate of Heritage High School and Colorado State University. Her two children have both attended Littleton Public Schools.

Nichols serves as the board’s assistant secretary. She has been involved with the district for more than 15 years, including four years on the school board. Two of her children are graduates of Heritage High School, and her third attends Euclid Middle School.

Colwell believes the lack of school board candidates isn’t indicative of community apathy, but rather that citizens are satisfied with the school board’s decisions.

“There’s no big controversies in the community right now, and I think (the community is) supportive of what we’ve been doing as a board,” Colwell said.

Littleton voters passed a mill levy override last year to help bolster the district in the face of declining state and federal funding.

The terms of Colwell, Renee Howell and Sue Chandler won’t expire until November 2013.