Re-2 district in the process of selecting new superintendent |

Re-2 district in the process of selecting new superintendent

Coal Ridge High School art club members work on a mural outside the guidance office.
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Over the last several months, the Garfield Re-2 school board has been in the process of finding a new superintendent. With the guidance and support of the Colorado Association of School Boards, community leaders, parents, teachers, staff and administrators participated in over a dozen focus groups to help determine the desired set of characteristics sought in the new superintendent. The board conducted a nationwide search, and the application process closed on Jan. 15. At the Jan. 26 regular school board meeting, the board announced the three finalists: Stacy Houser, current superintendent of Aguilar School District in Aguilar, Colorado, Patrick (Tony) O’Brien, current superintendent of Newcastle Public Schools in Newcastle, Oklahoma, and Brent Curtice, current superintendent of Moffat County School District Re-1, in Craig, Colorado.

The Garfield Re-2 board, and a committee made up of parents, community members, teachers, staff, administrators and students, will interview the candidates on Feb. 12, with a final decision anticipated to be made the week of Feb. 15.

The public is invited to meet the three candidates on Feb. 11 at the Garfield Re-2 District Office from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will be appetizers and time to get to know the three candidates.

Communication audit

Parents, community members and business leaders are invited to participate in a series of focus groups designed to help the Garfield School District Re-2 communicate better with the public. The district is beginning a communication audit to look at the good things that we do to communicate with our communities, and the areas that we can improve. A communication audit is a way to listen to our stakeholders and find out what they know, what they would like to know, and how they would like to receive information from their schools and school district. Please join us and help us to share our information with you. There are sessions on Monday, Feb. 22, and Tuesday, Feb. 23. Please go to to participate. The district will also be conducting focus groups with a variety of staff members as well.

Coal Ridge mural

The walls of Coal Ridge High School are beaming with color thanks in large part to art teacher Leah Wynveen’s art classes and the CRHS art club.

The long stretch of hallway outside the guidance office is the latest canvas for the Titan artists. A Dr. Seuss themed mural with a map of the United States now graces the once blank space. It will be used to illustrate where students will be attending school after high school and to motivate students to achieve their dreams.

“It seemed like the perfect area, by the guidance area, to create something that illustrates where kids are going and what they are doing with their lives when they leave CRHS,” said Wynveen. “It will have a great visual impact to see what kids are achieving and where they are going. It means a lot for kids to have their names posted.”

Wynveen explained that the wall will tie in well with the Coal Ridge tradition of celebrating academic achievements including the annual academic signing ceremony and the newly christened Academic Wall of Fame.

“The visual impact is huge — whether at an assembly or on a wall — having kids see what their peers can achieve and that they can too. That is why we are here to help students see how they can be successful after high school,” she explained.

The mural outside the guidance office is just the first of many such projects that the CRHS art students have planned. The big initiative is to have a mural painted for every department.

“I think murals are a great way to incorporate color, but I think it means a lot for students to leave their mark on their school,” she added.

The science department’s mural will be completed next. The project will include the solar system, an ecosystem and a DNA lady and finish with a single atom.

Honored this month

Heather Grumley, principal of Graham Mesa Elementary, and Garfield Re-2 congratulate Ryan Fideldy and Selina Cue for earning Teacher and Staff Member of the Month, Jacquelyn Johnson for earning Volunteer of the Month and Colorado Mountain College (accepted by Tom Vales and Janelle Cook) for being awarded Business of the Month.

Theresa Hamilton is the director of districtwide services for the Garfield School District Re-2, serving Rifle, Silt and New Castle. Contact her at 665-7621.

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