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Menke to get new title in New England

Everyone knows Colorado Rocky Mountain School’s head as Andrew – parents, teachers, even students. But next year, with a new job, comes a new title: He’ll be Mr. Menke.For the past 10 years, Menke has been at CRMS, and for the last four he’s been the head. That will come to an end at the end of the school year. On Monday morning, he sat in his office and discussed his plans to take over as the head of the New Hampton School in New Hampshire next year. He locked his hands behind his head, his button-up shirt loosely tucked into khaki work pants, and looked out at the Crystal River Valley. He certainly looked more the part of leader of CRMS, a school based in large part on the principles of Outward Bound, than of an East Coast prep school.But the new title and formality won’t come as a total shock to Menke, who started his career at Maine’s Bridgeton Academy 16 years ago. “I was Mr. Menke, and I was coat-and-tie-guy back in Maine,” he said. Besides, Menke’s has two pretty good reasons for moving to New Hampshire. He and his wife want their two kids, 8 and 11, to know Menke’s parents and in-laws in New England, he said.”Had that not been the case, the Menke family would not be heading back to New Hampshire,” he said. “I do scratch my head candidly and wonder why (we’re moving),” he said. The school is in good shape, he said, and is nearly finished with a strategic plan it developed five years ago, including integrating curriculums and improving teaching, performing arts and dorm space. The school has also raised $4.5 million of a $5 million goal for capital improvements. Menke did have to cut four faculty positions for next year, but said the cuts were necessary and that the quality of education at CRMS won’t suffer. The school likely will take some time in finding a new head of school, but has appointed Jeff Leahy, an English teacher and dean of students at CRMS, as interim head. The school shouldn’t have trouble finding a new head. After all, no ties and campus views of Mount Sopris are pretty nice. “I happen to believe this would be a pretty attractive position,” Menke said. Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 520rgraff@postindependent.com


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