Colfax school board will have new member

Colfax school board member (and clerk) Mike Lee will not be seeking re-election to the board this spring. After serving two full terms on the board, Lee filed non-candidacy papers in December.

Kyle Knutson has taken out nomination papers and will run unopposed for one of two positions along with incumbent Ken Neuburg. Knutson has a son who graduated from Colfax last year and has a daughter who is currently a junior at the school.

Lee was appointed to the board when former member Ron Finley passed away over six years ago.

“I have really enjoyed working on the board,” Lee said. “It is a great learning experience and I have worked with some amazing people, not just in our district but across the state. There are a lot of amazing people that care about our kids and the process of educating them,” he added.

Lee cited his busy work, volunteer and family schedule as the main reason for not seeking re-election.

“It is a very hard decision for me to step away at this time,” Lee said. “The school system is an interesting model with a lot of different inputs trying to steer it. We have managed a lot the last few years (Act 10, Energy Efficiency Project, Tornado clean up, new state and federal standards) and I probably didn’t pace myself the best. Too often I have a hard time saying “no” in life and take on too much. I also want to get things done efficiently and maybe need to learn to pause more often and just enjoy the day,” he added.

Lee has volunteered the past several years with Habitat for Humanity, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School and Town Plan Commission as well as coaching sports for his three kids’ teams.

“I will be willing to help out the new candidate in the learning transition of the board,” Lee said. “It can be a little overwhelming on day one with all the different information but there are some better resources available today to help with the learning curve. Maybe, after a break, I’ll be back in one of the board chairs again. We’ll see what happens!” he concluded.