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Silver Consolidated Schools Candidate Roundtable

On Tuesday 3 February 2015, Silver Consolidated Schools will hold elections for two of the five seats on its governing board.  On Wednesday 14 January, Civil Discourse host Jamie Newton held a roundtable discussion with the four candidates – Incumbent Trent Petty and challenger Frances Vasquez in District 3  and recently appointed incumbent Anthony Gutierrez and previously appointed challenger Michael McMillan in District 5.

Left to Right... Jamie Newton, Frances Vasquez Anthony Gutierrez, Trent Petty, Michael McMillan

Left to Right… Jamie Newton, Frances Vasquez Anthony Gutierrez, Trent Petty, Michael McMillan

Questions posed to the candidates included…

  • Goals for the future
  • Perceived deficiencies
  • District finances
  • Projected enrollment
  • Transparency
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Perceived hostile work environment and
  • Hiring process and vetting of the superintendent

Election day is February 3, 2015.  Early voting ended on Friday January 30th.  Voters, please refer to the maps below for district boundaries and if you reside close to either side of these boundaries, call the office of the Grant County Clerk at 575.574.0042 and give them your residence address.  They can then confirm whether you are in one of the contested districts and thus eligible to vote on Tuesday February 3rd.  Click on the map images below to view or download them.

Silver Consolidated Schools District Map 1 Silver Consolidated Schools District Map 2 Silver Consolidated Schools District Map 3

Voters in the Cobre District, where School Board members are elected at-large, will vote for one candidate in each of the two races, and also on the Public School Capital Improvements (2 Mill) Tax Question. Voters in the Silver District, where School Board members represent a specific district within the School District, will vote for one candidate in the race of the district where the voter lives. The County Clerk’s office can tell you which district you live in.

Please visit this page again as School Board election day for both the Silver and Cobre school systems approaches – Tuesday 3 February 2015 – as we will post additional information on the elections, district boundaries, polling places and more as it becomes available.

We also encourage you to listen to the previous Civil Discourse presentation –
Silver & Cobre School Board Election Issues – that featured several local educators discussing some of these same contentious issues and describing their direct experiences.


Civil DiscourseSilver Consolidated Schools Candidate Roundtable will air on:

  • Thursday 15 January 2015 / 9pm
  • Friday 16 January 2015 / 8pm
  • Saturday 17 January 2015 / 10am following Travelers in the Night
  • Saturday 17 January 2015 / 8pm
  • Sunday 18 January 2015 / 10am following Travelers in the Night
  • Monday 19 January 2015 / 8pm
  • Tuesday 20 January 2015 / 9pm
  • Wednesday 21 January 2015 / 10am
  • Sunday 1 February 2015 / 7pm

Or listen to the podcast via the following link at your convenience…

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