Coal Ridge names principal finalists |

Coal Ridge names principal finalists

Tim McNerney, assistant principal of Green Mountain High School, is one of two final candidates for the Coal Ridge High School principal opening.
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Coal Ridge High School is zeroing in on candidates for its principal opening and invites the public to come and meet the final two. Both CRHS Assistant Principal Jackie Davis and Green Mountain High School Assistant Principal Tim McNerney will be at the school beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to meet parents, students and anyone else interested in attending.

One of the two is expected to be named CRHS’s next principal by the end of the following week.

“Each candidate will have the opportunity to make a general statement and answer a few general questions,” the school district said of Thursday’s session. “The rest of the time will be spent meeting with community members and parents.”

Coal Ridge received 16 applications for the position from all over the country, including several internal candidates.

Davis has been with the Re-2 school district for 15 years, spending time as a science teacher at Rifle Middle School and Coal Ridge from the time that it opened.

“She helped open Coal Ridge in 2005 as a science instructor,” a press release states.

At Coal Ridge, she served as an academic coach before becoming assistant principal. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in biology from Adams State, a secondary science teacher endorsement from Mesa State College, a master of arts in education: curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix.

She has 21 years of experience in public education, 15 with Re-2 and six with Meeker School District.

McNerney has 27 years of public education experience after spending 15 years as a middle and high school teacher and administrator in the Denver Public School system. He taught special needs, business and computer science. Additionally, he spent eight years at Conifer High School in a variety of roles including assistant principal, activities director and academics director. Since 2013 he has served as the assistant principal of Green Mountain High School in Lakewood.

He holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Northern Colorado in information systems analysis and design, a secondary education teacher license from UNC, a special education certification from UNC, and a master of arts in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Denver.

The new principal will take over for Rick Elertson, who resigned earlier this year. Both candidates will meet with interview committees that include students, community members, Coal Ridge teachers and district administrators on Thursday and Friday. A final decision is expected the following week.

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