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Letter: Contract extension would have ramifications for school district

Contract extension would have ramifications for school district

As a Roaring Fork School District parent, I am extremely concerned that the school board is considering a three-year contract extension for superintendent Diana Sirko. I am further alarmed to learn the board intends to vote on the matter as soon as Dec. 10. Sirko has done a fine job stepping in and stabilizing the district after newly hired superintendent Rob Stein had to withdraw due to a family emergency. She deserves credit for subsequently bringing Rob Stein on as assistant superintendent and chief academic officer, and we are grateful for her service. However, may I remind the board that after an exhaustive search fueled by extensive public input, Stein was overwhelmingly the top choice for the superintendent position, and that Sirko was brought in as an interim leader? A contract extension for Sirko, especially one that stretches three years, would have significant ramifications for the district, including the potential (perhaps likely) loss of the visionary Stein. I urge you to postpone any vote regarding the Roaring Fork School District superintendent contract until such time as the public has the opportunity to become thoroughly informed and weigh in on the matter.

Julie Comins Pickrell

Basalt