Basalt High School principal resigning |

Basalt High School principal resigning

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

BASALT – Basalt High School Principal Kevin Schott has submitted his resignation, effective at the end of the school year, according to Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Judy Haptonstall.

Haptonstall said Schott’s decision was “absolutely not” connected to the filing of charges last week against Basalt High School teacher Lauren Redfern, who is suspected of having a sexual relationship with a male student. Schott had planned his departure some time ago, Haptonstall said.

“He’s been talking with me about it for some time, since October,” she said.

Schott submitted his letter of the resignation Wednesday before a regular Board of Education meeting. He was principal for four years.

In another development, Haptonstall confirmed that Ralph Smalley, the athletic director at Basalt High School, wants to focus on being a full-time physical education teacher and no longer wants to serve as athletic director. He will transfer out of that position next year, Haptonstall said. The move was discussed between Smalley and Schott long before last week’s events, according to Haptonstall.

Redfern submitted her letter of resignation Wednesday before the Board of Education was likely to terminate her employment. Two charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, pattern of abuse, were filed against her Feb. 16.

Redfern, 26, taught health and physical education and monitored a study hall at the school. She was also the head coach of the girls basketball team.