Roaring Fork School District is without an assistant superintendent for this school year |

Roaring Fork School District is without an assistant superintendent for this school year

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 is braving the waters this year without the aid of an assistant superintendent.

According to RFSD Superintendent Judy Haptonstall, assistant superintendent Brett Gies turned in his resignation in May and left the position the first week of June. Gies accepted the position of superintendent of Sioux County School District 500 in Harrison, Neb. The town is located about 75 miles north of Gering, Neb., where Gies was born and raised.

While the move was an obvious career choice, Gies never thought he would return to his home state.

“I always said that I would never move back to Nebraska,” he said. “Especially after living in Glenwood. But when an opportunity knocks, you take it.”

Gies spent one year as RFSD assistant superintendent after accepting the position in April 2007, and started the job in July of that same year.

Currently, RFSD will go without filling Gies’ position for this school year. According to Haptonstall, it won’t have any ill affect on the district’s ability to maintain good working order. Haptonstall said that several of the district’s administrators have offered to help out during Gies’ absence. However the district isn’t looking to fill the position until the 2009-10 school year.

“We are going to wait until the first of the year to open it up (to prospective applicants),” Haptonstall said. “May was too late to find a replacement for this year so, we decided to get through the year without filling the position.”

Sioux County School District is a “ranching community” school district, according to Gies. The district comprises six schools: four rural K-8 schools with another K-8 school and the high school located in Harrison, Neb.

The district is much smaller in scope than RFSD, with only 102 students, according to Gies.

“It’s very unique,” Gies said. “There are not a lot of programs like the Glenwood schools offer, no busing for students, we don’t receive state aid but are funded by property taxes.”

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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