Letter: Concerned parents should attend school board meeting Wednesday
Concerned parents should attend school board meeting Wednesday
The Roaring Fork School District board will discuss Wednesday Superintendent Diana Sirko’s request for a contract renewal. The decision is of critical importance because it reflects a major change in the school board’s governance and process. When Rob Stein was initially selected as superintendent, it was after a lengthy search and vetting that included public input. Now, the board plans to make the same decision administratively. Parents are concerned because it was widely understood that Sirko was hired in an interim capacity. In fact, on July 26, 2012, The Aspen Times quoted Sirko herself saying as much: “Sirko said her job is also to help prepare the district for a permanent superintendent to take over for the 2013-14 school year.” To be clear, this issue is not about Rob or Diana: they are both talented and respected administrators. This is about a perceived change in direction by the district around a critical decision. If the board wants to appoint a new superintendent that hasn’t gone through the thorough vetting process Rob Stein did, then it ought to launch a new public process like it did last time. Concerned parents ought to attend the Dec. 10 meeting at Roaring Fork High School at 5 p.m.