Re-2 superintendent stepping down |

Re-2 superintendent stepping down

Heidi Rice
Rifle Correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado – For the past eight years, he’s worked for the Garfield County Re-2 School District as principal at Rifle High School and assistant district superintendent, before being named superintendent for the Re-2 district in 2008.

But David Smucker tendered his resignation on Tuesday, April 13 to accept a superintendent position in Prescott, Arizona.

“The reason I looked outside the district was because I have family in the Phoenix area,” Smucker said. “That was the biggest part of my decision. When this position opened up, I threw my hat in and they made me an offer.”

Smucker was hired as the superintendent of the Re-2 district in July 2008, replacing Dr. Gary Pack, who left to take a job in Cincinnati. Smucker was the Rifle High School principal from 2002 to 2006 and named assistant superintendent in 2006.

He says leaving the Re-2 District is “bittersweet” for both him and his family.

“All I can say is good things about Re-2,” he said. “There are wonderful teachers, the community wants their children to do well and we have great kids.”

He will finish out his contract for the year, through June 30, before moving to Arizona. But he says he will miss the people and the community of Re-2.

“I will miss the people the most – the kids and their smiling faces and the outstanding educators.”

The Re-2 school board has not yet started an active search for a new superintendent.

“We haven’t gone through the process yet,” said Re-2 Board President Jay Rickstrew. “But we hate to see Dave go. He did much for the district.”

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