The board of the Denver Public Schools narrowed the field for its vacant District 4 seat from nine finalists to three Wednesday night, but none of the applicants received the four votes that could have ended the search.

Antwan Jefferson earned three votes, Landri Taylor received two and Taggart Hansen one in the last two rounds of voting by the six current board members. With no apparent movement, the process was continued until the week of March 11, when the board will try again to reach either consensus or a majority vote.

In the meantime, the six board members will reach out to the final three applicants with any unanswered questions. If the impasse remains at the next meeting, board president Mary Seawell will appoint one of the three to the seat before the March 18 deadline.

Wednesday's special board meeting was called in the hope of completing the process to fill the seat vacated by Nate Easley, who left to head the Denver Scholarship Foundation.

The spot is considered a swing vote on the divided board, and whomever wins it will finish out a term that ends with the November election — but likely will have a leg up in a re-election run.

District 4, which takes in a huge swath of the city north and east from downtown, is the most diverse in DPS, with 49 percent Hispanic students, 27 percent black and 16 percent white, according to DPS figures.

The original field of 25 applicants already had been whittled to nine finalists for the vacancy when the board convened Wednesday night.


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"We saw a lot of incredibly talented people not be on the nine (finalists)," said Seawell. "We were lucky not just as a board but as a city ... We're going to lose some people tonight, but we want to thank them as well."

Then, Seawell began the voting process by anonymous ballot.

The first round, in which board members each voted for two candidates, narrowed the field to five: Taylor, Jefferson, Hansen, Mary Sam and Vernon Jones Jr.

The second ballot, with each board member voting for a single candidate, eliminated none of the five. The third ballot brought the field down to three, and subsequent ballots eliminated none of those candidates.

Others eliminated in Wednesday's vote were Sean Bradley, Fred Franko, MiDian Holmes and Lisa Roy.

Kevin Simpson: 303-954-1739, ksimpson@denverpost.com or twitter.com/ksimpsondp