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AZTEC — Candidates filed their paperwork for a number of school board positions across San Juan County today.

A total of nine board of education seats are open in the Aztec, Bloomfield, Central Consolidated and Farmington school districts in the Feb. 7 election.

Two board of education seats each are open in the Aztec Municipal School District, Central Consolidated School District and the Farmington Municipal School District, and three seats are open in the Bloomfield School District.

The prospective school board members filed their declarations of candidacy with the San Juan County Clerk’s office in Aztec today. Those elected will serve a four-year term starting on March 1.

For Aztec schools, the current District 3 representative Jimmy Dusenberry is running for reelection. He was a successful write-in candidate in the Feb. 5, 2013, election. Mitch Waggoner did not file paperwork to run again for his District 1 seat. He has been on the board since June 1999.

Fran Dobey, a teacher at Park Avenue Elementary School who works with gifted students, filed to run in Waggoner’s spot. She said she wanted to run to give back to the district and students. Dobey has taught in Aztec schools for nearly 28 years. If elected, she said she will end her district employment.

Three Bloomfield board of education seats are open in the upcoming election. Bruce Armenta filed his paperwork to run for a second term as the District 2 representative.

Armenta said he was excited at the prospect of continuing to work with Superintendent Kim Mizell to improve the district’s student performance with some of the new programs she has implemented.

The New Mexico Public Education Department gave the Bloomfield school district a D grade on its 2015-2016 school year report card.

“I know they are working hard and I know it’s going to take time,” Armenta said. “That’s why I wanted to stay on.”

Board Secretary Veronica Tso is running to continue serving as the District 5 representative. Vice President and current District 4 representative Eric Smith is not running for reelection. Tony Deherrera filed to run for the District 4 seat.

Current CCSD District 1 representative and board President Randy Manning did not file for reelection. He said that 24 years is plenty of time to serve on the board.

"I think it's time for someone else to step up and lead the way," Manning said.

Sheldon Pickering filed paperwork to run for the District 1 seat.

Board Secretary Christina J. Aspaas filed paperwork to continue serving in the District 4 seat. She was appointed to the board in October 2012. She said she wanted to run again because it was important to have consistency.

In Farmington, Secretary Robyn Hoffman is running for a second term as the District 2 representative after winning the Feb. 5, 2013, election.

Current District 3 representative Bill Young did not file to run again for his seat. He was first elected during the Feb. 3, 2009, election. Vernon Corley filed paperwork to run for that seat.

People who want to serve on the school boards will have one more opportunity to file.

Paperwork for write-in candidates must be filed on Jan. 3 with the San Juan County Clerk at the county administration building at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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