Re-2 board in negotiations for superintendent contract
Negotiations between Garfield School District Re-2 and Brent Curtice, the man tapped by the school board to be the new superintendent, appear to be moving in a positive direction, and quickly.
The board will hold a special meeting Monday, with the hope of having a contract for the entire board to review, Anne Guettler, board president, said on Friday.
So far, Guettler and Jay Rickstrew, board vice president, have spearheaded negotiations with Curtice.
At a board meeting this past Tuesday, Rickstrew commented that the three met to negotiate for an hour Monday. Out of that hour, they probably only actually discussed the contract for an agreeable 2 ½ minutes, Rickstrew said in noting the excitement and eagerness felt by both parties.
Curtice, currently superintendent of Moffat County School District Re-1, confirmed the current state of the negotiations with Garfield Re-2.
“Everything is going well, and I am eager to finish the contract and move forward,” he said on Friday.
There is a real desire to have a contract before the board on Monday. Failing to gather input from the rest of the board on Monday would prevent consideration of a final contract at the board’s March 8 meeting, which is the last scheduled meeting until April, Guettler explained.
A special meeting could be called if that time line failed to work, but the sooner the better.
“We’re all hoping that we can sign (the contract) on March 8,” Guettler said.
Although an agreed-to contract would include an official start date of July 1, Curtice’s proximity allows him the ability to start familiarizing himself with the district in person. That was not the key selling point in selecting Curtice, but it did factor in favorably, Guettler said shortly after the board unanimously agreed to enter into contract negotiations on Feb. 16.
Finishing the contract is the current priority, but as soon as that is finished, Curtice said he hopes to engage in conversation with the board on future work this spring.
Monday’s meeting starts at 5 p.m. in the district office at 839 Whiteriver Ave. The contract discussion will take place in executive session.
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