District seeks input on new Aspen High principal | AspenTimes.com

District seeks input on new Aspen High principal

ASPEN – The search for a new Aspen High School principal will be conducted with input from parents, teachers and students.

The decision to include these “stakeholders” in the process is new for the district, according to Superintendent John Maloy.

“To my knowledge, I am unaware that similar steps were followed in the past with the hiring of a high school principal,” he said.

Maloy would not say if the decision was spurred by the resignation of Art Abelmann after only 16 months on the job. Abelmann abruptly left his post last month for “personal reasons.” Maloy said he was not fired; Abelmann offered no comment, but many parents believe he was forced out. A TELL Colorado survey, to which 92 percent of Aspen High teachers responded, showed Abelmann might not have had the support of his staff with some noticeably low scores in the “school leadership” category.

A meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday will allow the community to tell district administrators what they would like to see in the high school’s next principal. The goal, according to Maloy, is to ensure the right person is hired for the job.

“The process of including parents and other stakeholders in providing input into the programs and services they value at the high school, as well as the qualities or standards they believe are important for a high school principal, is one I am most familiar with in my leadership experiences and one that has been promoted as a ‘best practice,'” Maloy said. “The sooner the overall process begins, the better position the District will be in to recruit and interview the best qualified candidates for the position.”

In addition to Tuesday’s meeting, an online survey will allow for community input. The survey will be posted on the district and AHS website beginning Friday; comments will be collected through Jan. 13.


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