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Re-1 school board to address superintendent’s future

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 school board returns from the holiday break for a special meeting Wednesday to take up the question of Superintendent Judy Haptonstall’s contract, following extensive input from district staff and the general public.

The board will take any additional public comments during an open forum scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The meeting takes place at the Re-1 District Office, 1405 Grand Ave.

“Our intent is to talk about district leadership at this meeting,” Re-1 board president Matt Hamilton said.

However, that doesn’t mean comments will be limited to that topic, he said.

Afterward, the board is scheduled to convene in executive session to discuss the results of the recent 360-degree peer review for Haptonstall among district staff.

It also expects to seek legal advice related to the superintendent’s contract. The board could take action following the closed-doors session, but that’s not certain, Hamilton said.

“This is not a popularity contest,” Hamilton emphasized.

In addition to the 360 review, he said he personally has fielded comments from close to 150 people in one-on-one meetings, plus another hundred or so via email.

Other school board members have also been gathering input regarding district administration since November, when Hamilton and two other new members were elected to the school board after questioning the district’s leadership during their campaigns.

“The 360 review is just one element of all that input,” Hamilton said as the board prepares to make some decisions.

“It’s not fair to drag this out,” he said. “We have spent a good chunk of time listening, and we intend to take that input and make the decisions we feel will provide the highest quality education for our kids.”

The online survey related to Haptonstall’s performance was made available to 700 Re-1 district employees in late November. By the Dec. 11 deadline, about 65 percent of district staff had responded.

The preliminary results were presented by consultants at a special Dec. 16 meeting, but the board has not had a chance to discuss them in detail since that time.

Hamilton said the results of the staff survey will not be released prior to tonight’s meeting.

“We will discuss what, if anything, will be released at the meeting,” he said.

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