Aspen superintendent ‘exploring’ other job opportunities |

Aspen superintendent ‘exploring’ other job opportunities

Published: Rustin Gudim/Aspen Times Weekly

ASPEN – Superintendent John Maloy is among five candidates for a job with the Birmingham, Mich., school district.

Maloy, who will travel to Michigan for an interview Thursday, confirmed that he is “investigating and considering” his options. He said he is doing so for personal and family reasons and that he has no desire to leave Aspen.

“I have family back in the Midwest, including aging parents that have medical issues,” said Maloy, who came to Aspen from Indiana in 2007. “I think one of the challenges for anyone who has aging parents is whether to be in close proximity so you can come to their aid quickly or possibly need to take more time off and extended weekends to provide the care necessary.”

Thus, Maloy began “exploring” other job opportunities about a month ago. He was a finalist for a job in West Bloomfield, Mich., but was not offered the position.

“I think it’s important to say that I love it here,” Maloy said. “Sure, there are challenges, but there are challenges everywhere.

“There is absolutely nothing about my job here that is driving me to look elsewhere.”

In fact, Maloy said he would only consider a job in the Midwest – and “uproot and move” – if it was the perfect fit. Asked what that is, Maloy laughed.

“I want it to be a carbon copy of Aspen,” he said.

Elizabeth Parker, president of the Aspen Board of Education, said Tuesday that the school board is aware of Maloy’s situation and that “we certainly understand his need to explore options closer to his family at this time.”

“We are very hopeful that he will not need to relocate, as we would be very sad to lose him and the excellent leadership he has provided the district,” she said.

The school board in November renewed Maloy’s contract through June 30, 2015. Maloy had a rolling three-year contract set to expire in June 2014. His compensation remained the same at $150,000.

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