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Aspen schools name new assistant superintendent

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A New Mexico educator who is currently serving as a professional development and instruction specialist at a school district outside of Albuquerque will be the new assistant superintendent in the Aspen School District.

Julie Roark’s appointment to the post was approved Monday by the Aspen School Board. She succeeds John Maloy, who took over Monday as superintendent, replacing Diana Sirko in the district’s top job. Roark (pronounced “Row-ark) will begin the Aspen job on July 2.

The district received 42 applications for the assistant superintendent position, according to Maloy, and chose 12 of them for telephone interviews. From that group, four were invited to Aspen for a full day of interviews with various individuals as well as a seven-member team of district staffers.

Roark was the committee’s leading candidate, Maloy said.

“She was an overwhelming choice of the committee and we feel she will fit in beautifully with the administrative team and work very well with all staff members,” he said in an e-mail.

Roark is currently employed with the Moriarty-Edgewood School District, where her duties include coordinating staff development, working with principals in a Leadership Academy, interacting with new teachers in a mentor program for beginning teachers, managing budgets and providing guidance on the district curriculum to the staff.

Her career also includes work as an elementary classroom teacher, principal duties and teaching at the university level with a focus on elementary education and reading instruction.

Roark earned a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado and has worked for school districts in both Douglas and Adams counties in Colorado, as well as in Fort Worth. She is married and has two children.

She will earn $110,000 annually at the Aspen job and will have the option of renting district-owned housing, Maloy said.

janet@aspentimes.com


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