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Assistant superintendent lone finalist to lead Re-2

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – One month after Garfield School District Re-2 superintendent Gary Pack resigned his position, school board members unanimously approved assistant superintendent Dave Smucker’s application by resolution as the sole finalist for the head position at a special meeting Tuesday night.”I applied because this opportunity presented itself and I believe in the direction of the district and I want to continue the good things we’re doing here,” Smucker said. “And I enjoy the community and the (school district) staff.”According to the resolution passed by school board members, Smucker could be appointed to the new position as soon as July 15. Pack has already left his position with Re-2 and is scheduled to start his new job as the superintendent for the Princeton City School District in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 1.Re-2 school board president Jay Rickstrew and the school board didn’t want to waste any time in filling the position.”We are moving pretty quickly,” Rickstrew said. “We’ve had several meetings about who we wanted in the position and how we want to go about filling the position. This resolution is a result of that work.”Smucker has been with Re-2 since 2002, when he was hired as the principal of Rifle High School. He remained in that position until he was hired as the assistant superintendent four years later. During his time as assistant superintendent, Smucker has been an integral person with the implementation of Collaborative Solutions, a staff negotiation process implemented for the 2007-08 school year. He’s also assisted with developing and implementing a five-year strategic plan for the district and also advanced the district’s relationship with the Aspen Children’s Health Foundation through the Safe School Ambassadors Program and the school nutrition program.Before coming to Re-2, Smucker was the dean of students and program assistant at Cherry Creek High School for six years. Then he was the assistant principal at Highlands Ranch High School on the south edge of Denver.He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis in Physical Education from the Northern Illinois University graduating in 1982. He later acquired a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado in 1993.Heidi Rice contributed to this story.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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