Re-2’s Pack packing for Ohio job |

Re-2’s Pack packing for Ohio job

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Less than a week into summer break, Garfield School District Re-2 Superintendent Dr. Gary Pack told school board members that he was resigning after seven years at the helm.

Pack has yet to determine a final date with Re-2, but he will begin his new position at the Princeton City School District in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 1.

That gives the Re-2 school board of education two months to find a replacement. However, Re-2 school board president Jay Rickstrew said that the district may not have another superintendent that quickly.

“I can’t guarantee that we will have someone in his place by the start of next school year,” Rickstrew said. “If we get into a nationwide search, it could be after the next school year starts.”

But, Rickstrew said that Re-2 has a qualified staff in place to operate efficiently in the interim.

“I don’t think there is any good time to lose a superintendent,” Rickstrew said.

“But, Gary has laid the groundwork in our district to be very successful. We’ve got a very strong staff, we are very strong financially, and we’ve got the people in place to do the job as we work to find another superintendent.”

Speculation that Re-2 assistant superintendent Dave Smucker could be the next in line for the position couldn’t be verified Friday. Both Rickstrew and Pack said that they did not know if Smucker intends to apply for the position or not. Smucker was unavailable for comment Friday.

Rickstrew said that they haven’t even begun the process of looking for a viable candidate yet. The school board just heard of Pack’s decision on Wednesday.

“We’re not even that far yet,” Rickstrew said. “We are currently trying to figure out where we go from here. The school board will have to have discussions on how we plan to go forward. But we’ve got a strong administration and staff, including Mr. Smucker, that will do everything they can to make sure that we find an excellent candidate.”

According to a newspaper report in the Community Press and Recorder in Cincinnati, Pack will make $135,000 a year. That is an increase from his current salary at Re-2 of $128,000 a year, which Pack stated he made in an article in March.

In March, Pack was a finalist but lost out on a superintendent job in Tennessee.

Pack also said that this job offer was one of several he’s had in the past year, including offers from school districts in Maryland, Maine, and his home state of Tennessee. His wife Jackie is also an employee of Re-2 as the music teacher at Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle.

“We knew at some point in time that this would be the year we would have to look at moving,” Pack said. “We are both honored to have served at this district for seven years.”

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