Re-1 superintendent candidate list narrows |

Re-1 superintendent candidate list narrows

John StroudPost Independent Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A short list of five candidates who are in the running to become the next Roaring Fork School District Re-1 superintendent is being presented to the school board this week.Following a series of meetings with search consultants from Hazard, Young, Attea (HYA) & Associates starting tonight and continuing through Friday, the school board is expected to publicly announce three finalists.Roaring Fork Re-1 is seeking a new superintendent to replace current superintendent Judy Haptonstall.In January, the board, which included three new members elected last November, decided to end Haptonstall’s contract after the current school year. She was in the first year of a two-year contract extension when the decision was made.The application period for superintendent candidates ran from early March until the middle of this month.”We had a total of 47 applicants, out of which we now have five candidates that we are bringing to the school board,” HYA senior associate Rick O’Connell said Tuesday.That group includes four men and one woman, he said. The names of the candidates and their current positions cannot be released until the three finalists are announced, O’Connell said.He did say, however, that three of the candidates being presented to the school board are from Colorado, and the other two are from out of state. All currently work in education administration, he said.”I will say that this is one of the strongest slates I’ve ever seen,” O’Connell said. “The top five are all very strong, and I feel really good about this field of candidates for the sake of the district.”Once the finalists are named, they will be interviewed early next week by several different panels made up of district employees, community leaders, parents and students.Those interviews are to take place throughout the day on April 30 and May 1 and 2 at Bridges High School in Carbondale. The sessions are open to the public to observe, but questions will only come from the panelists, O’Connell said.Following the community panel interviews, the finalists will be formally interviewed by the school board on each of those evenings. Those interviews will take place in private executive session.A top choice could be decided by the school board as soon as next week. However, the board will still travel to the community where that person currently works to do a final evaluation.The board plans to announce its choice for a new superintendent by June 1. The new superintendent is to begin on July

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