Re-2 playing musical chairs |

Re-2 playing musical chairs

RIFLE – Ava Lanes, assistant superintendent of Garfield School District Re-2, recently announced she will retire from the district in 2006 after a 32-year career in education.Lane’s retirement is not the only administrative change in the works for Re-2. Four schools will start fresh next year with new principals, including the new Coal Ridge High School in Peach Valley. Several new assistant principals will come on board as well, and personnel changes at the district level should happen.Lanes will finish this school year and see the district through the 2005-06 school year while she prepares Rifle High School principal David Smucker to take over for her. That will open the position as Rifle High School principal for the 2006-07 school year. Mark MacHale, principal at Rifle Middle School, has accepted a principal’s job in Steamboat Springs beginning this fall. He and Sue Taylor, principal at Riverside Middle School, both recently resigned and will not return for the 2005-06 school year.The district is advertising those posts in Education Week ( and Teacher magazines, as well as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Web site, said Re-2’s director of districtwide services Theresa Hamilton. Sam Humphrey, Re-2’s director of curriculum, also announced he will retire after the 2005-06 school year. Knowing who will slide into the assistant superintendent’s spot in the 2006-07 school year gives Lanes and Smucker an opportunity to prepare for the transition.”I will have an opportunity to work with Ava Lanes before I take over,” Smucker said. “And I plan to support the new principal at Rifle High School once he or she is named. I think it’s a wonderful opportunity.”Lanes said she will spend some time getting Smucker up to speed on the district’s instructional priorities and human resources, which she said are her primary responsibilities as assistant superintendent.As for Lanes, “When I do finish June 30 of next year, what will I do? Nothing,” she said. “At least for the first three to six months. I haven’t known what that’s like for the last 32 years.”That’s for the short term, though. Lanes said she believes she’ll always be involved in education in one way or another.”I can’t imagine having nothing to do with it,” Lanes said. “That’s just who I am. I really believe in the whole business of education.”

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