SVVSD School Board to Vote on Declaring Amory Siscoe’s Seat Vacant

January 8, 2019
Amory Siscoe

The St. Vrain Valley school board is set to vote Wednesday to declare a board vacancy after board member Amory Siscoe failed to attend three consecutive school board meetings.

Siscoe was elected in 2015 to represent District G, which covers the Frederick, Firestone and Dacono area. She is up for election in November.

Siscoe couldn’t be reached for comment.

According to Weld County property records, Siscoe and her husband sold their house in Frederick in June and bought a house in Windsor, which is outside the St. Vrain Valley School District.

District spokeswoman Kerri McDermid didn’t answer any questions about Siscoe, including whether she had submitted a letter of resignation, other than to say “We think the world of Amory and she will be very missed.”

School board President Bob Smith referred questions to McDermid.

Siscoe didn’t attend the Oct. 24, Nov. 14 or Dec. 12 board meetings, according to a memo in the school board meeting packet, and the board didn’t approve the absences.

In those circumstances, state law allows the seat to be declared vacant, according to the memo.

While school boards often need to fill vacancies, it’s typically following a resignation, said Kathy Shannon, legal and policy counsel for the Colorado Association of School Boards.

She could only think of two instances in the past 15 years when a school board declared a vacancy based on meeting non-attendance.

“It is rare for a board to adopt a resolution declaring a vacancy on that grounds,” she said.

She added that state law also requires school board members to live in the school district they represent and, in districts like St. Vrain where board members represent specific geographic areas, in the area they represent.

If the St. Vrain board adopts the resolution to declare her seat vacant, the district then will post the vacancy on its website, and the board will appoint a candidate.

Letters of interest and resumes would be accepted from Jan. 11 through Jan. 18 at the district’s administrative offices.

The school board plans to interview candidates deemed qualified at its Jan. 23 meeting. The chosen candidate could potentially be appointed on Feb. 13.

The appointment would end with the November election, at which time the seat would be up for election for a four-year term.

Before running for the school board, Siscoe volunteered in St. Vrain Valley schools as a PTO president and participated in Leadership St. Vrain.

She’s also listed as a board member for the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley and for the Frederick Urban Renewal Authority.

Amy Bounds: 303-473-1341, boundsa@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/boundsa

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