New principal named for Coal Ridge High
RIFLE, Colorado – A Colorado Springs school administrator has been selected to become Coal Ridge High School’s second principal.
The Garfield School District Re-2 board of directors officially approved David Morgan as the incoming principal at Coal Ridge, effective next school year. He will replace the retiring Jeanie Humble, who has been the principal at Coal Ridge since the school opened in 2005.
Morgan comes to Garfield Re-2 from Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs where he has served as assistant principal, according to a press release issued by the Garfield Re-2 district.
Prior to his administrative role, Morgan was a social science instructor at Sand Creek for six years. He earned his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2003, and his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from Regis University in 1995.
“My wife and I grew up in a small community. We’ve been very selective in the communities that we have been looking at,” Morgan said in the press release. “We knew this would be a great opportunity, and so we took advantage of it.”
Morgan said he plans on focusing on relationship building at Coal Ridge and throughout the school district.
“I believe that we all have to work together as a team,” he said. “I believe that communication is the biggest part of building relationships.
“People and kids are like a bank,” he added. “You can’t take something out unless you put something in, and I plan on putting a lot of time and effort into this.”
Re-2 Superintendent David Smucker, who also will be leaving after this school year to take a superintendent’s position in Prescott, Ariz., said he is excited to welcome Morgan.
“We had several exceptional candidates that we interviewed,” Smucker said. “Based upon the criteria that the staff gave us, the committee deliberated upon the best fit for Coal Ridge. We are excited to welcome Mr. Morgan to the Garfield Re-2 family.”
Morgan was selected from a pool of more than 20 candidates. A committee of parents, Coal Ridge High School staff and students, and Garfield Re-2 administrators made the hiring recommendation to Smucker, who then recommended Morgan to the board.
A brief interview with Morgan can be viewed online at both the Garfield Re-2 and Coal Ridge High School websites.
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