Re-1 school board announces superintendent candidates
Roaring Fork School District Assistant Superintendent Judy Haptonstall is one of three candidates for the RFSD superintendent’s job. Only three members of the public showed up to hear the school board announce the candidates vying to replace retiring Superintendent Fred Wall at its Wednesday meeting.There were 11 applicants for the position before the board’s screening committee narrowed the list down to five, said board president Michael Bair. The board held a special meeting on Monday to whittle the number down to three, he said. Two public meet-the-candidates forums will be held later this month, the first at 6:30 p.m. March 20 at Basalt High School, followed by 5:30 p.m. March 21 at Roaring Fork High School and 7:15 p.m. March 21 at Glenwood Springs High School. Haptonstall said she’s eager to win the superintendent’s chair. “I’m very excited about the possibility,” Haptonstall said. “I just hope that I am the one that gets the job.” Haptonstall has served as RFSD Assistant Superintendent for more than seven years, and served as a principal and teacher in Garfield County schools prior to her current position.The other candidates include Maj. Delbert W. Jarman, from Charleston, S.C., and Ken Ladouceur, superintendent of the Gilpin County School District in Black Hawk, west of Denver. Jarman is currently an associate professor of education at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, where he has taught for two years. He previously served as superintendent of the Blackford County School Corporation in Hartford City, Ind.When asked how Jarman’s military background might affect his potential administration of RFSD, board member Susan Hakanson said, “He has a very long resume, and that’s just a very small part of it, and he hasn’t been in that position for very long and is looking for something that suits him better. And I think that from looking at his qualifications, that’s really a very minor part of what his professional life entails.”Jarman’s resume, available on the Citadel’s Web site, is indeed long and varied. A 1968 graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor’s in English education, he earned graduate degrees from Indiana University in 1973 and 1985. Prior to Jarman’s tenure at the Citadel, he served as the interim chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., after serving in Blackford County, Ind. from 1996 to 2002. Jarman also served as a superintendent in Clarksville, Ind. and Elnora, Ind., and assistant superintendent in Carrollton, Ky. He was also a member of the Singing Superintendents group of the American Association of School Administrators, and helped promote the 1968 Republican National Convention in Miami for the Florida Development Commission. Ladouceur previously served as the superintendent of the Prairie West School Division #75 in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. No other information was available at press time. Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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