New GSMS principal’s first task: Hiring assistant |

New GSMS principal’s first task: Hiring assistant

While she’s irreplaceable, it didn’t take long to find a replacement for Glenwood Springs Middle School Principal Joy Porter. Now all the school needs is an assistant principal.

The Roaring Fork School Board voted Wednesday to hire Ginny Sayer, an assistant principal from Lewis-Palmer Middle School in Monument. Porter announced this spring that she would vacate the position.

“I’m just delighted,” said Sayer on Friday. “I’m excited to be a part of a smaller community.”

“She was a strong candidate,” said board member Sue Hakanson. “In fact, there were several strong candidates.”

Sayer comes from Colorado Springs, where she gained experience with junior high students during her 19 years as a teacher in Academy District 20. She was the assistant principal at Canon City Middle School from 1997 through 1999.

In addition to her expertise in middle school education, Sayer has extensive experience in management, staff collaboration and curriculum development, and worked as an athletic director.

While high housing costs sometimes deter potential staff members from moving to the area, Sayer said she’s not too concerned, and called it “a solvable issue.”

Sayer is the mother of two grown sons, one in Nashville, Tenn., and the other an officer in the Army and stationed at Fort Carson, near Colorado Springs. She also has one grandchild.

Porter, who took over as principal at GSMS in the fall of 1998, has accepted a principal’s position at Mountain Ridge Middle School in Colorado Springs.

“That’s the district where I spent most of my teaching career,” said Sayer of Porter’s destination. “We’re sort of trading places.”

Sayer, who will take over as principal in June, will now participate in the selection process for a new assistant principal at GSMS.

The position has been vacant since the start of the school year. Cathy Zippert, a retired Re-1 teacher, filled the position on a part-time basis this year, but will not return for the 2002-03 school year.

Porter’s last day as principal is June 18.

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