Finalists tabbed for Re-1 superintendent job
CARBONDALE, Colorado – A former Colorado Rocky Mountain School teacher and current CRMS board member joins a public schools administrator from Washington state as the finalists to become the next Roaring Fork School District Re-1 superintendent.
The Re-1 school board named the two finalists over the weekend after a series of interviews with five different candidates in Carbondale last week.
The finalists are:
• Dr. Robert Stein, who taught at CRMS in the late 1980s and has served in several administrative and education program consulting positions in the Denver area; and,
• Shawn Woodward, current assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the North Kitsap School District in Washington state.
“All of the candidates we interviewed were great and all were well-qualified,” Re-1 school board President Matt Hamilton said. “These are the two candidates who the board felt most comfortable with, and either of them would be a wonderful fit for our school district.”
Roaring Fork Re-1 includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.
All day today and continuing tomorrow, the finalists will be interviewed by seven different committees made up of district administrators, certified staff, principals, teachers, parents, community leaders and students.
The various groups will provide feedback to the school board for its consideration as it interviews the finalists. Those interviews will also take place today and Tuesday, Hamilton said.
“Our goal is to announce our choice for a new superintendent by June 1, and for that person to start by July 1,” Hamilton said.
Stein taught in the history department at CRMS, an independent college preparatory school based in Carbondale, in the late 1980s. For the past two years, Stein has served on the CRMS board of trustees.
Most recently, Stein was a consultant with Get Smart Schools, working to design and facilitate a principal training program. He also worked with Expeditionary Learning, developing and implementing a new school start-up strategy for an organization with 165 schools nationwide.
He previously was principal of Manual High School, part of the Denver Public Schools system, and was headmaster of the private Graland Country Day School in Denver.
Stein also served as executive director of Rocky Mountain Expeditionary Board of Cooperative Education Services. He is also fluent in Spanish.
He holds a doctorate degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Stanford University. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Middlebury College.
Woodward is the current assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the North Kitsap School District, located in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. The district has 6,500 students with a staff of 900.
Woodward also taught for seven years in the South Kitsap School District and was a principal in Washington’s Burlington-Edison School District for nine years.
While principal, Woodward’s school was the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Model School Grant focused on educational technology and personalized education for students.
Woodward holds a superintendent certificate from Western Washington University, a principal certificate from Seattle Pacific University, a master’s from City University – Seattle, and a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University.
Once the Re-1 board has identified its top choice, board members plan to visit that person’s most recent place of employment for a final evaluation.
It’s possible the board could make a formal announcement of its top choice by mid-May, Hamilton said.
The Re-1 board is seeking to replace outgoing Superintendent Judy Haptonstall.
Earlier this year, following an extensive performance review and citing a desire to change district leadership, the board voted 3-2 to end Haptonstall’s contract after the current school year.
Haptonstall was in the first year of an extended two-year contract when the decision was made.
She has been with Roaring Fork Re-1 for more than 25 years, including more than 15 years in the District Office. Her last day will be June 30.
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