Aspen High principal hopefuls to visit
ASPEN – The first of four finalists for Aspen High School principal will visit the district campus Monday, with the other candidates following on separate days through April 30.
The candidates – three are from Colorado and one is from out of state – will spend the day meeting with district administrators as well as student, parent and teacher interview teams. They will be available during an afternoon “meet-and-greet” for parents and other community members and also will be asked earlier in the day to address specific school-related scenarios and write a mock letter to parents in response.
“It will be an intense day,” said Aspen Superintendent John Maloy. “But our hope is to find commonality among the interview teams as to who will be the best fit.”
The district is hoping to fill the post, which was left vacant in November after the abrupt resignation of Art Abelmann, by July.
“I am absolutely convinced we will fill this position,” Maloy told the Aspen Board of Education when asked whether he could envision any or all of the finalists as Aspen High’s next principal. “These are very solid candidates.”
The four finalists were culled from a pool of 39 applicants, which included “wide range” of people in private industry, teachers, novice administrators and experienced administrators. According to Maloy, that original group was narrowed down to 14 people who met the minimum job requirements (a master’s degree, five years of teaching experience, principal or assistant principal experience, and holding or obtaining a Colorado Type D principal license), and then to eight who “looked strong enough to give their applications further review).
The eight semi-finalists were then interviewed via phone or Skype. While Maloy will ultimately make a recommendation to the school board – most likely in May – it will be backed by recommendations from fellow district administrators and the three interview teams, he said.
Interim principal David Schmid, who was hired in January, will remain at the helm until the permanent principal is hired; Maloy would not comment on whether Schmid applied for the job is among the finalists for the position.
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