GSMS vice principal to move up |

GSMS vice principal to move up

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff

Glenwood Springs Middle School has a new principal.Brad Ray, the current vice principal, is taking over for Robert Faris, who announced his resignation last week. Faris is pursuing professional and educational opportunities in Fort Collins, according to a press release from the Roaring Fork School District Re-1.Ray takes over right away.Mike Wells, who retired last spring after 25 years as the principal at Glenwood Springs High School, agreed to an encore as the assistant principal at the middle school – just for one year. He’ll team up with Ray in August. Ray started as the vice principal at GSMS in the fall of 2004. It was his first administrative position. Before that, he taught for nine years at a middle school in Ohio, where he also coordinated the gifted and talented program and coached wrestling and football. He said administration suites him.”I’m still working with kids,” he said. “But instead of working with 25 at a time, I’m working with 480 at a time. I have a bigger impact.”Ray is happy to take on the added responsibility that comes with being the principal.”Mr. Faris was great to work with and feel like I have a really great support system,” he said. “The good news is that I will get to continue to work with a great staff and community.”Fred Wall, the RFSD superintendent, said Ray was a natural choice for the position. The district has a history of hiring vice principals into the principal position. That’s how Wells came into his former position at the high school 26 years ago and that’s how Ray’s predecessor, Faris, came into the position two years ago.”We talked to every single staff member in that school,” Wall said. “And they were all really happy with (Ray). There was no need pursue anything else.”Contact Amanda Holt Miller: 945-8515 ext.

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