A retired Colorado State University-Pueblo administrator was appointed Tuesday night to fill the vacant seat on the Pueblo County District 70 school board.
The board voted unanimously to appoint Tony Montoya to fill the remainder of Sally Pappas’ District 1 term.
Pappas resigned from the board in August because she moved out of the district.
Montoya will serve until 2015, when Pappas’ first term was scheduled to end.
Montoya, who lives in Pueblo West, had served in several positions at CSU-Pueblo to include director of affirmative action, Upward Bound and Veterans Upward Bound programs.
Montoya said he currently is working on a dropout prevention program with high school students at South and Centennial high schools as part of a LULAC grant.
Montoya said he has worked with public schools and boards of education in both Denver and Greeley and felt compelled to continue that service in Pueblo.
“I thought this would be a good opportunity for me to lend my expertise to what is happening in School District 70.”
In another matter, the board approved a contract with H.E. Whitlock Construction for $2.8 million for bond projects at Sierra Vista Elementary School.
Ryan Elarton, director of business services, said the contract is almost $800,000 over what the district had budgeted for the project.
The increased costs are a result of changes made in the location of the addition of seven new classrooms to the school, Elarton said.
The original plan was to construct the classroom addition on the north side of the building but due to safety issues, the addition will be built on the east side of the building.
Elarton said several other bond projects have come in under budget which should help to offset the cost of the Sierra Vista project.
The board was scheduled to vote on similar contracts for bond work at Desert Sage and Cedar Ridge elementary schools, but that action was postponed.
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