Re-2 board approves new superintendent contract
RIFLE — The Garfield School District Re-2 Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a three-year contract with the district’s new superintendent, Brent Curtice.
Curtice will receive an annual salary of $160,000, according to the contract, to run a district stretching from Rifle to New Castle, and a district consisting of 4,847 students and approximately 800 staff members. He was selected from a pool that started with 18 candidates
The district had advertised a salary ranging from $150,000 and $170,000. Curtice’s salary is more than the $144,742 annual salary paid to former superintendent, Susan Birdsey, in her final contract extension executed in 2014.
Curtice comes to western Garfield County from Moffat County School District Re-1, where he has served as superintendent since July 2014. The official start date, per his contract, is July 1.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the staff, the community and the kids — most of all the kids,” Curtice said in a statement released by the district. “Garfield Re-2 is an excellent school district, and I’m excited to work together to make it even better.”
Prior to starting the meeting Tuesday, the board accepted the resignation of Tara Rumery, now former director for District D.
Rumery, who is expecting twins, recently purchased a new home for her growing family. However, she did not know at the time that the new home is located outside of the District D boundaries.
District D includes most of Silt, Peach Valley and ends near the western boundary of New Castle.
Rumery edged out Meriya Stickler by a little more than 100 votes for the only contested school board seat in the 2015 election.
Rumery was short for words in formally announcing her resignation Tuesday night. In a press release, she said the departure is “bittersweet.”
“I’m planning on staying involved and I know whoever they choose to replace me, the board will make sure that the kids are the priority and that they will always have that at their heart,” Rumery said in the press release. “It’s nice knowing that the district is in good hands.”
Her colleagues on the board on Tuesday night shared their sadness over losing Rumery.
“I can’t tell you how devastated everyone was when I talked to them earlier,” said Anne Guettler, board president.
Interim Superintendent Dave Lindenberg said the board has accomplished a great deal since the November 2015 election, and Rumery has played a big role in that.
Per board policy, the vacancy must be filled within 60 days. People interested in filling the vacancy must: live within the District D boundaries and have done so for at least 12 consecutive months; be a registered voter as shown on the books of the county clerk and recorder; be 18 years or older; and be a U.S. citizen. They should submit a letter of interest no later than noon on Friday, April 15, to: Anne Guettler, Director District D vacancy, 839 Whiteriver Ave., Rifle, CO 81650.
For more information contact Sharon Donohoue at 665-7600. The District D seat will be up for election in November 2017.
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