Roaring Fork Re-1 names two superintendent finalists |

Roaring Fork Re-1 names two superintendent finalists

CARBONDALE – The Roaring Fork District Re-1 school board has named two finalists for the district superintendent position, after interviewing five candidates in Carbondale this past week.

The finalists are Dr. Robert Stein, a former Colorado Rocky Mountain School teacher who has served in several administrative and education program consulting positions in Denver-area schools, and Shawn Woodward, a schools administrator from Washington state.

“The Board of Education is pleased to present these enormously qualified candidates to lead our district forward,” school board President Matt Hamilton said in a press release issued Saturday morning.

“These candidates will inspire and drive our district to excel into the future,” he said. “The board looks forward to introducing these candidates to the community next week.”

Roaring Fork Re-1 includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

Seven different committees made up of district staff, principals, teachers, parents, community leaders and students will interview the two finalists on Monday and Tuesday.

The groups will provide feedback to the school board for its consideration as it interviews the two finalists.

Stein formerly taught at CRMS in Carbondale early in his career.

Most recently, he has been a consultant with Get Smart Schools, working to design and facilitate a principal training program. He also has been working with Expeditionary Learning, developing and implementing a new school development strategy for an organization with 165 schools nationwide.

Stein is fluent in Spanish. He previously served as principal of Denver’s Manual High School, as well as headmaster of Graland Country Day School and executive director of Rocky Mountain Expeditionary Board of Cooperative Education Services.

Stein holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University, a master’s from Stanford University and earned his bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College.

Woodward is the current assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the North Kitsap School District in Washington state, a district of 6,500 students with a staff of 900.

He taught for seven years in the South Kitsap School District and was a principal in the Burlington-Edison School District for nine years. While principal, Woodward’s school was the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Model School Grant focused on educational technology and personalized education for students.

He holds a superintendent certificate from Western Washington University, a principal certificate from Seattle Pacific University, a master’s from City University – Seattle, and a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.

Once the board has identified a final candidate, it will visit the places where that person has worked.

The board expects to announce its decision by June 1, and the new superintendent is to start July 1.

Re-1 is seeking to replace outgoing Superintendent Judy Haptonstall, whose contract the board decided not to renew earlier this year.

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