Garfield County now has two Haptonstalls as superintendents |

Garfield County now has two Haptonstalls as superintendents

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Ken Haptonstall is looking forward to his new role as the superintendent for Garfield School District 16.

The decision for Haptonstall to become the district’s new superintendent was made about two weeks ago, according to Haptonstall, after long-time superintendent Steven McKee resigned after 11 years as the district’s leader.

“It happened pretty quickly,” Haptonstall said.

But he quickly made the transition and is ready to take on the challenges that lay ahead.

“I’m very excited,” Haptonstall said. “It’s going to be great. There are so many opportunities and I know that we, as a school district, are going in the right direction.”

Haptonstall said that the district 16 school board of education decided at a special meeting to forgo a lengthy search for another superintendent and appointed Haptonstall at that time.

“Once we had the resignation from McKee we went ahead and appointed Haptonstall because we felt that he was the right person,” said district 16 school board president Danette Christensen. “We had Ken in place, the district’s policy states that we can appoint whom ever we want that is qualified and we felt that he was the right person for the job.”

No reason for McKee’s resignation was given by Haptonstall or Christensen.

Attempts to contact McKee were unsuccessful as of Friday evening. However, McKee has been on leave since April, but neither Christensen or Haptonstall could comment on the reason for that either, citing “personnel issues.”

McKee’s resignation will be effective June 30, according to Christensen. But, Haptonstall has already been appointed to his new position as the district’s superintendent and is currently working as such.

Haptonstall’s mother, Judy Haptonstall, is superintendent of the Roaring Fork School District. She is excited for her son’s quick rise in educational administration.

“Now we’ve got two superintendents in the family,” Judy said. “It will be a good opportunity for collaboration between the school districts.”

Judy said that she is looking forward to working closely with her son and colleague and that she is happy for him.

Before taking the assistant superintendents job at district 16, Ken Haptonstall spent 14 years in Grand Junction as a teacher at East Middle School, and as a principal of Fruita Monument Middle School.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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