Community shows support for Rifle Middle School principal
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
NEW CASTLE, Colorado – Nearly 100 people attended the Garfield School District Re-2 school board meeting Tuesday to voice support for Rifle Middle School principal Shane Bostic, whose contract for next year may not be renewed.
Bostic said district officials notified him they have recommended that his contract not be renewed. Bostic did not want to discuss reasons behind the administration’s recommendation, but he did express his gratitude for the people who showed support for him Tuesday.
“I am moved by the compassion of the parents and staff members who have shared their concerns about the complexity and impact this decision will have on Rifle Middle School and the Rifle community,” Bostic said.
Parents and others packed the board meeting at Kathryn Senor Elementary School in New Castle to question the recommendation.
“I don’t have all of the information as to why this decision was made,” said parent Terri Condie. “I just hope the reason was a really good one.”
School Board President Jay Rickstrew prefaced the public comment period to say the school board could not, and would not, discuss individual employee matters for legal reasons. He also told those speaking that they should not comment on situations regarding specific employees or they would be cut off.
Superintendent Susan Birdsey would not comment when asked if the recommendation to not renew Bostic’s contract was due to performance issues on Bostic’s part, or if it is a budget cutback.
The district is currently planning its 2011-2012 budget, and will be forced to cut $3 million to $4 million. The district has been gathering public input on possible cuts and savings, including staff reductions and school closures.
Bostic’s wife, Adrianne Bostic, told the school board, “The three years that we’ve been here, we’ve become very attached to the district and the community.
“I told Shane, ‘We can’t move for 18 years,’ because we wanted our kids to graduate as Rifle Bears,” she said. “I hope this board appreciates us as much as we appreciate you.”
Bostic said he expects the school board to decide whether to renew his contract at the April 5 meeting. The board will also discuss and make some recommendations for the 2011-2012 budget at the same meeting.
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