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Voters approve $1.8 million to demolish old M-CHS

Jamie Haukeness discusses possible uses of the old Montezuma-Cortez High School in March.

Voters approve $1.8 million to demolish old M-CHS

Jamie Haukeness discusses possible uses of the old Montezuma-Cortez High School in March.
GOP candidates lead in state education races

Final results were unavailable for the 3rd Congressional District seat on the Colorado Board of Education with 19 of 29 counties in the district reporting as of 12:15 a.m.
Joyce Rankin, the Republican incumbent, held off her opponent, Democrat Christine Pacheco-Koveleski, with 59 percent of the vote.
The board has a strong agenda over the coming year, including hiring a new education commissioner, working with the school districts and schools that have been considered failing five years in a row on the accountability clock and integrating the new Every Student Succeeds Act into Colorado’s education system.
Rankin won the Montezuma County race, with 7,978 votes, or 67.4 percent. Pacheco-Koveleski took 3,864 votes, representing 32.6 percent of votes cast in the county.
In the race for the at-large seat on the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents, Republican Heidi Ganahl won leading with 52.5 percent of the vote.
Her opponent, Democrat Alice Madden, had received 47.5 percent of the vote at that time.
The Board of Regents is dealing with tightening budgets as state funds decrease, decreasing student debt and increasing graduation rates as well as a potential search for a new CU president in the coming years as the current president, Bruce D. Benson, is 78.
In Montezuma County, Ganahl took 7,258 votes, or 63.7 percent. Madden earned 4,132 local votes, or 36.3 percent.
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