Re-2 administrator named Sopris Elementary principal
Longtime Garfield Re-2 School District administrator and former Kathryn Senor Elementary School Principal Dave Lindenberg has been chosen to become the new principal for Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs.
He will succeed Kathy Whiting, who announced her retirement after a long career in education, effective at the end of the current school year.
Lindenberg has most recently served as assistant superintendent for Re-2 since 2014 and was the interim superintendent during 2015-16 while the district was undergoing a search for a new district chief before hiring Brent Curtice at the start of the current school year.
Prior to that he was principal at Kathryn Senor in New Castle from 2005 to 2014 and was the assistant principal at Glenwood Springs Elementary School from 2003-05.
Lindenberg resides in the south Glenwood area where Sopris Elementary is located. He has a son who attends school there and a daughter who also went to Sopris and is now at Glenwood Springs Middle School.
“Dave’s commitment to education is exemplified by his philosophy statement: As educators we have the privilege to shape our future leaders and innovators, fight for equity, and support the learning of all students in our care,” Roaring Fork Schools Superintendent Rob Stein said in a statement issued on Friday.
“Dave is a believer in the power and importance of cultivating committed and effective teachers, providing strong leadership, and developing deep stakeholder support of a common vision,” Stein continued. “His experience is a testament to his success with these endeavors.”
Lindenberg was not immediately available for comment.
He takes the helm of a school that will see a significant drop in enrollment next school year, from about 580 to 380 students, as the district prepares to open the new Riverside School. That school will serve both elementary and middle school students in the rural neighborhoods south of Glenwood Springs and in Spring Valley.
The enrollment shift also resulted in the displacement of several teachers at Sopris and Glenwood Middle after this school year, who were not guaranteed teaching positions at the new school or elsewhere in the district but were given the opportunity to apply and be interviewed.
The Sopris position is the second principal position in Roaring Fork Schools to be announced this week. Brett Stringer, a current middle school principal in Aurora and past administrator in Denver-area schools, was announced as the new principal for Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, replacing Drew Adams who is leaving after this year.
Contracts for both Stringer and Lindenberg are expected to be considered by the Roaring Fork District school board at its April 12 meeting in Carbondale.
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