CES principal Alley retires

Carrie Click
Post Independent Staff

CARBONDALE – Bill Alley, the principal at Carbondale Elementary School for the past 10 years, announced his resignation Tuesday. Alley is moving from Carbondale to accept the principal position at South Elementary School in Lander, located in central Wyoming.

“I will miss the wonderful children at Carbondale Elementary School, the incredibly gifted and dedicated teaching staff, and all of the administrators that comprise the Roaring Fork School District leadership team,” Alley said on Tuesday.

Alley is returning to Lander, where he was a teacher and the coordinator of that district’s gifted program earlier in his career.

Alley was out of town Wednesday and was unavailable for comment.

Deb D’Angelo, the literacy coordinator at Carbondale Elementary School, has been at the school as long as Alley. She said he told the staff of his plans at their regularly scheduled faculty meeting Tuesday.

“Basically, we’re sorry to see him go,” she said. “We certainly wish him the best, and we understand he needed to make a change in his career.”

Robin Garvik, Roaring Fork School District Re-1 school board president, said Alley has been preparing for the move for some time.

Re-1 superintendent Fred Wall said Alley has worked “tirelessly” for the Roaring Fork School District and for Carbondale students and teachers.

“I’m really going to miss Bill,” Wall said on Wednesday afternoon. “He’s been such a great addition to our administration. I can’t say enough about him, from his sense of humor to him being such a nice guy. I was real disappointed to hear he’ll be leaving. I’m glad he’s going to do what he wants to do, but I wish he could do it here.”

District officials said school staff, parents, and Carbondale community members are invited to play a role in selecting a new principal for Carbondale Elementary School.

D’Angelo said she thought school staff is not ready to begin the search for a new principal.

“Right now, we’re just working through the news,” D’Angelo said.

Garvik said the process will start with a staff meeting of all teachers in the building to determine how the selection process should proceed. Call the Roaring Fork District office at 384-6000 to participate in the process.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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