Re-1 names Glenwood Springs Middle School principal as new assistant superintendent |

Re-1 names Glenwood Springs Middle School principal as new assistant superintendent

Brad Ray

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs Middle School Principal Brad Ray will become the new assistant superintendent for the Roaring Fork School District, beginning in July.

Ray was chosen earlier this month to fill the open position that was vacated last May by Brett Geis, and will be in charge of curriculum, instruction and assessment for the district.

Current GSMS Assistant Principal Sandy DeCrow has been selected to be the new principal of the school, starting in August.

“I see it as an opportunity to help more at the district level, and I look forward to that,” Ray said. “It will be a challenge, and a great opportunity to get to know the Carbondale and Basalt communities a little bit more.”

The RFSD includes public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.

The district decided after Geis’ resignation to leave the assistant superintendent’s position open this school year.

“During my three years as superintendent, the position of the assistant superintendent has only been filled for one year,” RFSD Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.

With assistance from district instructional facilitators Paula Marr and Anita Parker, and the willingness of administrators to take on extra responsibilities, Haptonstall said they have been able to do without an assistant superintendent.

“It will be exciting, and a great benefit for all of us to have someone in the position full time,” she said, adding that Marr and Parker will now be able to focus more on teacher mentoring.

Ray has been with the RFSD since 2004, first as the assistant principal at GSMS before becoming principal in the spring of 2006.

Before coming to Glenwood Springs he was a gifted education coordinator at an elementary school in Ohio and later taught language arts, social studies, math and science at the middle and high school levels. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership from Ashland University.

Haptonstall said the district elected to look internally to fill the position, and cited Ray’s expertise in using data to benefit students as a key factor in his selection.

“Under Brad’s leadership, Glenwood Middle School is pioneering the next iteration of how standards-based systems can improve the learning experience for every individual student,” she said. “Combined with his strong connection to parents and community members, his educational expertise will benefit all of our schools.”

Ray lives in Glenwood Springs with his wife, Christina, and three children, Pete, Luke and Katie.

The opening for assistant principal at Glenwood Middle will be posted locally and statewide, with interviews to be conducted in March.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160

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