Interim Aspen principal heads to Basalt
ASPEN – David Schmid, who has served as interim principal at Aspen High School since January, will be the next principal at Basalt High School. He will replace Kevin Schott, who announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down after the current school year.
The Re-1 Board of Education approved Schmid’s appointment at a special meeting Wednesday. The announcement came one day after Ohio educator Kimberly Martin was named the new principal of Aspen High.
Aspen Superintendent John Maloy would not comment on whether Schmid applied for the Aspen job, and Schmid could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Re-1 administrators said at Wednesday’s meeting that Schmid’s appointment is “a real score for the district and Basalt.”
“His resume is phenomenal, and he has a good reputation in the different places he has been,” said Re-1 Assistant Superintendent Brad Ray, adding that Schmid was “very impressive” in interviewing for the Basalt High position.
Re-1 board member Bob Johnson, of Basalt, was on the interview panel along with a group of BHS teachers, staff, parents and community members.
“He really commanded the attention of the room when we interviewed him and proved he is someone who can lead the school going forward,” Johnson said.
“I am very happy to hear that Basalt High School has chosen David as its next building principal,” he said. “I have no doubt that David will provide a collaborative leadership style that will help guide students, staff and parents toward continuous improvement and increased academic growth.”
Schmid was appointed interim principal of Aspen High School in January following the abrupt resignation of Art Abelmann. Prior to taking the Aspen position, Schmid served as a leadership coach for the Public Education and Business Coalition and as a facilitator for the National Reform Initiative. Before that, Schmid spent 16 years as a teacher, followed by 19 years as a school administrator, including stints with Adams Twelve and Steamboat Springs, where he was named Colorado high school principal of the year in 2003.
Schmid was selected for the Basalt position out of 20 applicants and five finalists, Re-1 Human Resources Director Nikki Jost said.
Re-1 also is interviewing two finalists later this week for the Roaring Fork High School principal’s position in Carbondale, Jost said. Current RFHS Principal Cliff Colia also announced recently that he would be stepping down after four years at the school and 23 years in the Re-1 school district.
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