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Re-1 superintendent applicants lining up

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Three dozen applicants have expressed interest in becoming the next Roaring Fork School District Re-1 superintendent, according to the lead search consultant.

The position has been advertised in various education publications and elsewhere for approximately three weeks, said Rick O’Connell, senior associates with Hazard, Young, Attea executive search consultants.

“So far, we’ve had 36 people indicate an interest and have started the application process,” O’Connell said Thursday. “I feel good about the quality of the people, as well as the number of applicants at this point.”

The application period is set to close on April 15, O’Connell said. After that, he will narrow the field to about 12 to 15 applicants for preliminary interviews.

A short list of six candidates is to be presented to the Roaring Fork Re-1 School Board on April 23, he said. From that group, the semi-finalists for the superintendent position are to be named.

The Re-1 board is seeking a new superintendent to replace current superintendent and district administrator Judy Haptonstall.

Earlier this year, the board decided to end Haptonstall’s contract this June, after the current school year. She was in the first year of a two-year contract extension when the decision was made.

Interviews for the new superintendent are scheduled for the week of April 23-27. The interviews are to involve various groups besides the school board, including district administrative staff, teachers, parents and others. A selection process for the various public interview groups is to be announced soon.

Semi-finalists are to be interviewed April 30 through May 2. The school board also plans to visit the communities or school districts where the final candidates are from later in May.

The board plans to announce its choice by June 1. The new superintendent is to begin on July 1.

O’Connell said recent superintendent searches he helped conduct in Summit County and Telluride last year yielded close to 40 applicants. His firm also conducted the search for the new Colorado commissioner of education last year.

Last week, the Re-1 board and O’Connell finalized a leadership profile that is being used in advertising for the new superintendent.

The profile was prepared following input from 428 respondents in a superintendent profile survey that was open to parents, students, teachers, staff and administrators in the Re-1 School District. The district includes schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

The top characteristics listed by respondents in the survey included finding someone who can:

• Foster a positive professional climate of mutual trust and respect among faculty, staff and administrators.

• Listen to and effectively represent the interests and concerns of students, staff, parents and community members.

• Have a clear vision of what is required to provide exemplary educational services and implement effective change.

• Lead in an encouraging, participatory and team-focused manner.

• Recruit, employ, evaluate and retain effective personnel throughout the district and its schools.

• Promote high expectations for all students and personnel.

“The Roaring Fork School District desires to find the ideal person to assume the role of superintendent,” according to the leadership profile statement.

“Realistically, there is no individual who will meet every expectation of the community,” it states. “The challenge is to find an individual who possesses many of the desired characteristics and the leadership skills necessary to build upon the district’s proud heritage, and successfully face the challenges they will need to address in the years to come.”

jstroud@postindependent.com


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