School Board Biographies

Pete Blair, President

Pete Blair was elected to the Board in 2011. As a resident of Delta County for over 30 years, Pete and his wife have three children that graduated from our local schools. He said their children received an excellent education and had opportunities for growth that are unique to a rural community. Pete’s experience as a CPA, owner of a business, and as an auditor working with governmental entities, has prepared him to make the difficult decisions that will have to be made over the next several years for our children and schools to thrive.

Phone: 970-856-7550

Jan Tuin, Vice-President

Jan Tuin was appointed to the Delta County School Board in October of 2012 to fill a vacated position. Jan is a native of Colorado and moved with his family to the Midway area (midway between Paonia and Hotchkiss) in 1964.

Jan graduated from Paonia High in 1966. He attended college in California and began teaching there in 1970, then taught in Oregon for nine years before moving back to Colorado in 1980. He began teaching vocal and general music in the Paonia Schools, grades 1 – 12, where he taught for 27 years. During that time his choirs consistently received Superior ratings at both CHSAA large group festivals and Colorado West Music Performance Festivals. He became very involved with Colorado Music Educators Association and served on the board of that organization and then served for 13 years on the Colorado All State Choir Board. He continues to serve Colorado All State Choir as an audition judge. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Music Educators.

Jan has a Bachelors degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in Music Education and a Masters degree from Lesley College in Computers in Education. He is married to his wife, Sandy and they have two children and 4 grandchildren. “As a long time educator, I want to do what I can to help School District 50 to serve our community and do what is best for our children to educate them and prepare them for productive, meaningful lives.”

Phone: 970-417-9483

Jill Jurca, Secretary/Treasurer

Jill was elected to the board in 2015. She graduated from Delta High School in 1988 and left to attend college at CSU in Fort Collins where she obtained a degree in Interior Design. In 1997 she and her husband, Robert, also a DHS Alumni, moved back to Delta when he accepted a job in the valley.

Jill has 2 girls that are currently enrolled at Delta High School and has been actively involved with their schools and district over the last 13 years. Currently she is involved with the Delta Band Parents, as a volunteer Destination Imagination coach for DHS, and a member of the DHS Booster Club. Having served on a number of different school district advisory boards and school level parent groups gives Jill a good understanding of district workings and policies. She is very happy with the quality of education her children have and are receiving and wants to be able to help support the district by making good, solid decisions and policies to ensure quality education for all.


Ron Germann

Ron Germann was elected to the Delta County School Board in November 2013. Ron is a native of Colorado was born and raised in the Olathe area, and has lived in the Delta and Olathe area 50 of his 60 years! He has lived in Delta County for the past 13 years.

Ron attended Olathe schools growing up, graduating from Olathe High School in 1972. He was in construction and owned his own construction business for many years. Currently has been farming for 4 years in the Delta/Olathe area.

Ron is married to his wife Petria. They have two children and six grandchildren, three of which currently attend Delta Schools by choice because of the belief that the Delta County School District provides and excellent learning environment and education. Ron looks forward to help School District to continue to provide an excellent education and opportunities for Delta County children.

Phone: 970-250-1201

Richard Hypio

Richard began serving on the board in November of 2017. He taught and coached for twenty years throughout Delta County before retiring in 2015. Richard grew up in Michigan and Arizona before moving to Colorado in 1982. Besides teaching, he worked as a surgical technologist and surgical assistant for 20+ years, including working at Delta County Memorial Hospital and serving on its board.

Richard and Anita met fortuitously on the summit of Mount of the Holy Cross in 1984 and have been fond partners since. They are thankful to have called Delta County home since 1989, and to have raised their children, Nilam and Vikash, here. It has been a wonderful place to live, teach, and grow as a family.

Richard appreciates the opportunity to serve the community and the school district as a board member. He would like everyone to know that he thinks this is an amazing and unique district, one that has shown its innovation, resilience, and caring over a long period. He feels that it is a positive leader among school districts, that its administrators, teachers, and staff make all of the difference, and that students who have attended its schools are well prepared for whichever path they may choose in life. He loves to run into any and all of his students and hopes that they touch base if they recognize him.

Richard enjoys hiking, mountain climbing, Nordic skiing, backpacking, bicycling, hunting, and the outdoors in general. Tutoring or helping students with test prep are satisfying ways to spend his spare time. You can also find him reading, cooking, or working on a variety of math problems – if you have an interesting one, he’d love to hear about it.