Rifle High welcomes new principal | PostIndependent.com

Rifle High welcomes new principal

David Smucker will take over duties as principal of Rifle High School on July 1, ac-cording to Garfield County School District spokeswoman Kay Vasilakis.

Smucker will replace Principal John Burwell, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Smucker is presently the assistant principal at Highlands Ranch High School, a Front Range school of 1,900 students, where he has served since 1998. Prior to Highlands Ranch, he was a program assistant and dean of students at Eagle Crest High School from 1994 to 1997.

He received a bachelors degree in education in 1982 and a masters degree in 1993 in educational leadership.

The new Rifle High School principal is married with two small children. He and his wife are excited to move to the Western Slope and participate in the school district and in outdoor recreation, children and moms groups, and the faith community, Vasilakis said.

“The Garfield Re-2 School District is fortunate to be able to attract such a quality, outgoing administrator to its exemplary staff,” Vasilakis said.

Smucker was chosen by the Garfield Re-2 Principal Selection Committee in a detailed process involving students, community members and staff.

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