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Principals come and go at Roaring Fork School District

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Roaring Fork School District is experiencing many staffing changes that will take effect for the 2008-09 school year.But it’s nothing out-of-the-ordinary for RFSD Superintendent Judy Haptonstall. Haptonstall said that the district typically loses between 60 and 70 teachers each spring after graduation.But so far, the district has a pretty good start on the shifts taking place.Principals have been hired for Basalt and Roaring Fork high schools. At Basalt, Kevin Schott will replace Jim Waddick, who retired at the end of this school year after serving as principal for eight years.Schott is no stranger to the district. He returns to familiar ground at BHS as he served as assistant principal and athletic director of BHS from 1994-96 before becoming the assistant principal at Grand Junction High School in 1996. Schott is currently principal of GJHS, having been promoted to that position in 2002.Just downvalley at RFHS in Carbondale, Cliff Colia will replace Dale Parker, who has accepted the principal position at the high school in Cortez. Colia has been with RFSD for 19 years, serving five years as the assistant principal at Glenwood Springs High School prior to his 14 years as Carbondale Middle School principal.Colia’s open position will be filled by Rick Holt of Willow, Alaska. Holt has taught at the secondary level and most recently has been working with the Reinventing Schools Coalition as a developer and trainer in the areas of standards based education, data collection and continuous improvement. Holt expects to move to Carbondale sometime in July when he will begin working for RFSD.Glenwood Springs Middle School principal Jeremy Voss took the open position at Basalt Middle School, replacing Christian Kingbury, who is leaving for unknown reasons. Voss taught at BMS for four years before becoming assistant principal at GSMS for the past year. According to Haptonstall, Voss’ expertise with curriculum, instruction and assessment, along with his experiences in working with teams to focus on student achievement, will be important benefits for the students and staff at BMS.Replacing Voss at GSMS will be none other than Sandy DeCrow, a graduate of GSHS who has taught health and physical education at GSHS for 17 years.

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