Jennifer Lamont to take the helm at Carbondale Middle School |

Jennifer Lamont to take the helm at Carbondale Middle School

Jennifer Lamont
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CARBONDALE — Jennifer Lamont, the assistant principal at Carbondale Middle School, has been selected to become the school’s head principal next school year, Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Superintendent Diana Sirko said Wednesday.

Lamont will replace CMS Principal Rick Holt, who was recently selected to become the new director of curriculum, assessment and instruction for the school district, which includes schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

“Jennifer has an overall knowledge about education in general, and about Carbondale Middle School and the Carbondale community in particular,” Sirko said. “She has worked closely with Rick on some successful initiatives that have made a difference in student growth at the school.

“She will have the ability to build on that success, and bring her own individual experience to the school,” Sirko said.

Lamont has been the assistant principal at CMS for the past two years. She was a special education teacher at the school for 12 years prior to that.

“We are doing so many incredible things to improve student growth, and the next steps are really clear as to what we need to do to make sure every kid has an opportunity to learn,” Lamont said. “It’s exciting to have an opportunity to be the principal of a school where so many great things are going on, the staff is happy and the kids are successful.”

Sirko said Lamont was selected out of four finalists who were interviewed for the CMS principal position. The other three finalists were from outside the school district. Applications are now being taken for a new assistant principal at CMS.

The district is also seeking a new principal for another Carbondale school, Crystal River Elementary School, following the recent resignation of Principal Karen Olson, effective after this school year.

“I was just ready for a change and some new challenges, perhaps getting back into teaching or coaching,” said Olson, who has been principal at CRES for nine years.

“I feel like the school is in a great place, and we have made some great improvements,” she said of the timing of her decision.

Several other district- and school-level administrative appointments were approved by the Re-1 school board on Wednesday.

Among them:

• John Trinca, a language arts teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School, will become the new assistant principal at Sopris Elementary School. He replaces longtime SES Assistant Principal Joe Sprick, who recently announced his retirement. Trinca was previously an administrator and teacher in Eagle County schools.

• Marie Voss Patterson will be the new PEAK (gifted and talented program) coordinator, in addition to being a PEAK teacher at CRES.

• Lindsay Hentschel, a language arts teacher at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, will become a secondary instructional facilitator for the district.

• Tracy Handy, who has been a Title 1 coordinator and language arts teacher at RFHS, will move into a full-time district literacy coordinator position.

• Amy Galicia was selected as an English Language Learner instructional facilitator for the district. She has 13 years experience as an instructional facilitator and has taught for 11 years.

The Re-1 school district is still interviewing for a new principal at Glenwood Springs Elementary School, which has been approved to become an official Expeditionary Learning School starting next school year. Recently, GSES Principal Penny McDill announced that she will retire after the current school year.

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