Re-1 school board approves Stein superintendent contract |

Re-1 school board approves Stein superintendent contract

Rob Stein
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The Roaring Fork School District Board has finalized its contract with Rob Stein to take over as superintendent of schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt effective July 1.

The school board agreed at its Feb. 24 meeting to a $160,000 per-year, four-year contract with Stein.

He will replace outgoing Superintendent Diana Sirko, who decided in January to leave the position effective at the end of June, a year ahead of her contract expiring.

“Diana is still wearing the superintendent’s shoes through June and will remain a very actively engaged superintendent who is in charge until her last day of work,” said Stein, who will continue as assistant superintendent and chief academic officer for RFSD through June.

“I want to thank the Board of Education and the community at large for placing their trust and confidence in me and our schools,” Stein said.

Stein’s contract is renewable for an additional year if notice is not given otherwise by the board by April 1, 2020.

Once district administration transitions to Stein, some other minor changes will be made to the district executive team.

Shannon Pelland will remain in her dual role as assistant superintendent and chief financial officer, and will be the person in charge in the absence of the superintendent.

Rick Holt, the current director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, will move into the chief academic officer position.

As Holt takes on more work directly supporting schools and coordinating more departments, the district will be looking to fill a coordinator-level position to manage districtwide assessment and data, Stein said.

Jeff Gatlin and Nikki Jost will remain in their positions as chief operating officer and director of human resources, respectively.

The administrative shuffling will not affect the overall administrative expense budget, Stein said.

“I also hope to improve our efficacy in community engagement, community partnership, and communications by streamlining service and support through existing departments and personnel,” Stein added. “This is still a work in progress, and I need time to meet with many staff and community members to hear their wishes before making any decisions.”

Stein was originally selected in 2012 to become superintendent of RFSD schools before he was called away due to a family emergency.

Sirko was then appointed interim superintendent and was given a two-year contract later that year. Stein rejoined the district as assistant superintendent and chief academic officer the following year.

After Sirko asked for a contract extension in 2014, the board agreed to a $170,000, two-year contract for her to continue as superintendent with Stein as her successor.

Sirko, in announcing her decision to leave this year instead, cited several new career opportunities that may not be available next year, and said it was best to leave at the end of the current school year.

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