Re-1 hires two assistant principals |

Re-1 hires two assistant principals

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Sopris Elementary School has grown past the magic number 500, creating the need for a new assistant principal position for the 2007-08 school year.Joe Sprick, currently a SES fifth-grade teacher, was selected to fill the new position at SES. And across town at Glenwood Middle School, Basalt Middle School teacher Jeremy Voss was picked to replace outgoing assistant principal Mike Wells. Wells, former principal at Glenwood Springs High School, had agreed to come out of retirement for the job for one school year. “We’ll miss Mike,” GMS Principal Brad Ray said. “Mike was awesome.”

The magic number for the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 is 500, as in total number of students at which the RFSD believes an assistant principal position should be created. At that point, an assistant principal is needed to share responsibilities and preserve the level of personal contact with staff, parents and students, Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.SES Principal Howard Jay said SES enrolled a bit fewer than 500 students for the past few years, but this year it jumped to about 560 students.Jay said a team including himself, Haptonstall, other staff members and a parent interviewed three applicants for the job. About 15 applied. Four were selected for interviews, and one dropped out after that.”It was a real tough decision,” Jay said.Sprick previously worked as an assistant principal at Basalt and Carbondale Middle Schools, but came back into the classroom to get more teaching experience. Jay said Sprick got a better handle on standards-based education. The theory of standards-based education involves trying to focus on surpassing certain benchmarks of achievement at each level, rather than simply moving through the curriculum.”He’s done a tremendous job growing as a teacher,” Jay said.

One of the things Sprick does in his free time is ski. He said he’s an avid skier and volunteers for ski patrol at Sunlight. He said he’s been working at SES for about seven years.”I’m very invested in this building,” Sprick said.Sprick grew up in Glenwood Springs and spent a number of years in the Army, he said, and attended the University of Texas.At Glenwood Middle School, Ray said he’s looking forward to working with Voss.”I think he’s going to be a good fit here,” he said.

Voss, originally from Grand Junction, currently teaches eighth grade at Basalt Middle School. He said a University of Northern Colorado educational leadership program inspired him to get involved in administration. In his spare time, he also enjoys skiing and other outdoor activities. He said he graduated from Colorado State University and taught in Fort Collins, but took a job in Basalt because he wanted to move back to the Western Slope.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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