Re-2 superintendent search sessions set |

Re-2 superintendent search sessions set


The public will have a chance to learn more about the four candidates running for three seats on the Garfield Re-2 board at a candidate forum Tuesday.

Tara Rumery and Meriya Stickler are both running for the only contested seat, District D, which includes Silt and areas of unincorporated Garfield County to the south and to the east.

Jay Rickstrew is running unopposed for District B and Jacquelyn Johnson is unopposed running for District C. Ballots were mailed out to registered voters on Oct. 12, Registered voters in the Garfield Re-2 district can vote for candidates in all sub-districts. Ballots must be returned to the Garfield County Clerk’s office by the end of the day Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The forum, hosted by the Western Garfield Education Association, will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.

The Garfield Re-2 School District wants to hear from the community as it conducts a nationwide search for its next superintendent.

Susan Birdsey, the previous superintendent, was let go by the school board earlier this year.

The school district will host a series of focus groups on Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27, to ask residents, parents, staff, business and civic leaders about their communities, celebrations and concerns about the district, as well as what characteristics they would like to see in a new superintendent.

The Colorado Association of School Boards is facilitating the process for the district. It will conduct the meetings, compile the results, provide a report to the board and use the information to develop materials for the superintendent search.

The focus groups are the first part of the superintendent search process that will continue for the most of the 2015-16 school year.

Anyone interested in participating in the focus groups can sign up on line at by completing the online form or by calling Director of Districtwide Services Theresa Hamilton at 970-665-7621.

The district asks residents to RSVP to ensure enough space and materials for participants. Focus groups are limited to between 10 and 12 people per group to keep the conversation informal and to keep groups to about an hour long.

Meeting times:

Monday Oct. 26

8 a.m. at the Rifle Library

11 a.m. at the Rifle Library

1 p.m. at the Rifle Library

6 p.m. at the Silt Library

Tuesday Oct. 27

1 p.m. at Kathryn Senor Elementary

6 p.m. at Kathryn Senor Elementary

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