Two take posts at Re-2 helm
Aspen, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colo. ” The Garfield School District Re-2 on Tuesday named David Smucker as the district’s new superintendent and Susan Birdsey as assistant superintendent.
Smucker, who was the assistant superintendent, is taking over for Gary Pack, who left last month to take a job with the Princeton School District in Cincinnati, Ohio. Birdsey takes over Smucker’s old post; she was the principal of Rifle Middle School for the past three years.
Smucker said would like to see more community involvement in the district.
“There are so many possibilities that we can accomplish if we work together in a collaborative manner,” he said in a press release. “I would encourage parents and community members to get involved in their classrooms and their schools and see the wonderful things students are creating.”
He took over as the assistant superintendent job in 2006, and was previously principal at Rifle High School from 2002 to 2006. He said he’s looking forward to working with the current staff, many of whom he has known for some time.
“It is the people in this district that make things happen for kids everyday. It is their dedication and passion that I love,” he said.
Birdsey said she’s happy to remain within the school district, but says it will be difficult to leave her current position.
“I am sad to leave Rifle Middle School. The RMS community, students, staff and parents, has meant so much to me,” she said. “I am excited to continue to serve both the Rifle Middle School and larger Garfield Re-2 community in a different capacity. This district has done some wonderful work setting the foundation for an amazing future and I am awed to be part of it.”
A new Rifle Middle School principal to succeed Birdsey has not yet been named.
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