Re-1 set to proceed on superintendent position |

Re-1 set to proceed on superintendent position

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Roaring Fork District Re-1 school board is ready to move forward in filling the district superintendent position for the long term beyond this school year.

The board plans to meet this week with interim Re-1 Superintendent Diana Sirko, as well as with Rob Stein, whom the board had hired in May to take the position before he was unable to proceed due to a family emergency.

“We would like to have conversations with the two of them to see where they are, and what their vision is for the future,” Re-1 school board President Matt Hamilton said.

Through those conversations, the board wants to learn if either Stein or Sirko would be willing to serve as the future superintendent for the district, with an eye toward a multi-year commitment, he said.

“We need to start taking the next steps in this selection process,” Hamilton said. “At this point, no option is off the table until we have a sense of where those two individuals are.”

In May of this year, the school board announced the appointment of Rob Stein, a former Denver Public Schools high school principal, to become the new Re-1 superintendent, replacing former superintendent Judy Haptonstall.

The board decided in January not to renew Haptonstall’s contract following the 2011-12 school year.

Stein took the helm for a short period of time in early July before resigning for family reasons.

In August, the school board appointed Sirko, the former Aspen School District superintendent, as interim superintendent for Re-1 schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

Sirko had just retired after three years with the Colorado Department of Education when she accepted the interim post.

After meeting with both Sirko and Stein, Hamilton said the board will decide at its regular Dec. 12 meeting whether to make an appointment immediately, or to reopen the search process.

The district has retained the services of search consultants Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, which conducted the previous search, for no additional engagement fees.

The sooner a decision can be made the better, Hamilton said, especially given the various detailed projects on the district’s plate, including weighing a new charter school proposal and exploring the possible conversion of an existing Glenwood Springs school to an Expeditionary Learning school.

“The faster we can name someone the better from a stability standpoint,” he said.

The board has also scheduled a work session on Dec. 19 to discuss a broader vision for all district schools and potential new approaches to learning.

“It’s tough to have that kind of visioning conversation without knowing who is going to be leading the district going forward,” Hamilton said.

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