New Re-1 superintendent resigns
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – New Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Superintendent Rob Stein has resigned after only a week on the job in order to tend to a family medical concern that will require his full attention.
Stein publicly disclosed Wednesday that his wife, Mariah Dickson, suffered a head injury in a bicycle accident in Denver in early June and is facing a lengthy recovery.
“We needed some time to fully understand the situation before making any decisions,” Stein said. “But it became apparent that she is facing a very, very long recovery.”
With two teenage children at home, Stein said he needs to focus his attention on his family.
“I gave it a few weeks to see if I could make it work out, but I can’t give the job what it deserves and take care of my family at the same time,” Stein said.
Stein was hired in May after an extensive search by the Re-1 school board to find a replacement for former Superintendent Judy Haptonstall. The board elected in January not to renew Haptonstall’s contract after the 2011-12 school year.
School board President Matt Hamilton said the board has been aware of the situation since the accident. Stein officially started work last week before ultimately making his decision Wednesday.
“The board and staff extend their best wishes to Rob and his family as they work through this difficult time,” Hamilton said in a prepared statement.
Added Stein, “In my short time getting to know the district, I have grown extremely fond of the people and developed a deep regard for your work.
“The staff, students and community of the Roaring Fork schools deserve strong, dedicated leadership, and I am sorry I am unable to provide it at this time.”
Hamilton said the school board will discuss the appointment of an interim superintendent at its July 18 meeting and will set a timeline for beginning a new superintendent search.
“With school set to start in about six weeks, I don’t see how we can proceed without an interim appointment,” Hamilton said. “The board has not had a chance to talk about it yet, but I think we can identify someone who can lead and work with the district office team while we enter a new search.”
Re-1 also is currently without a second-in-command assistant superintendent upon whom to fall back for the interim. Former Re-1 assistant superintendent Brad Ray announced in May that he also would be leaving Re-1 to become the new assistant superintendent for Garfield School District Re-2 in Rifle.
Hamilton said the Re-1 board likely will look within the district’s leadership team for someone to serve as interim superintendent. The board intends to enter a new search process to find a new superintendent who meets the qualifications and characteristics outlined in the previous search, he said.
Stein, 52, most recently had been working as an education-program consultant in Denver. Before that, he was principal at Denver’s Manual High School from 2007 to 2010 and oversaw that school’s makeover after multiple years of low test scores.
He met his wife while teaching at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in the 1980s. Stein also recently served on the CRMS board of directors and was previously headmaster at the prestigious Graland Country Day School in Denver.
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