The Aspen Education Association met Thursday to render a vote of confidence or no confidence in the top two administrators at Aspen High School — Principal Kimberly Martin and Vice Principal Mark Grice.
Chris Wheatley, a member of the association and an Aspen High School teacher, confirmed that a representative of the Colorado Education Association (the umbrella organization for the Aspen Education Association) was in Aspen. Wheatley declined to comment further, saying he wanted to wait “until the process was completed and until the involved parties have had a chance to communicate further.”
Sources close to the Aspen Education Association say the ballots were returned with a majority of “no confidence” votes and that more than 90 percent of Aspen High School faculty members attended the meeting.
Martin has been principal of the high school for two years; Grice was hired this school year. Neither attended the Thursday meeting.
“We sensed at the end of the year that there are some tensions in the building,” Grice said.
Martin agreed but added she had no idea that any type of vote was occurring Thursday.
“My take is the (Aspen Education Association) schedules meetings in all our buildings,” Martin said. “I had no reason to think this meeting was unlike the others. A solution to these concerns will be found.”
Aspen Superintendent John Maloy, who is reportedly out of the country, could not be reached for comment. Eric Hansen, of the Colorado Education Association, did not return a call Friday.
Sheila Wills, the president of the Aspen Board of Education, commented via email that she had “just learned of this matter and truly do not yet have enough information to comment on it intelligently.”