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Garfield Re-2 accepting superintendent applications

Ryan Hoffman

Recreation and outdoor opportunities are among the selling points for the superintendent position in Garfield Re-2 School District.

Scenery and recreation possibilities factor heavily in a brochure advertising the position that was released roughly a month ago, marking the start of the application period for the position. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15.

“The spectacular natural beauty of the surrounding area makes western Garfield County a haven for outdoor recreation,” the brochure states.

Aside from outdoor exploration, the brochure boasts a graduation rate of 84 percent and a strong relationship with Colorado Mountain College.

With regards to pay, the board of education is offering a salary ranging between $150,000 and $170,000 and a competitive benefit package, according to the brochure. That amount is more than the $144,742 annual salary paid to former superintendent, Susan Birdsey, in her final contract extension executed in 2014. It also is more than the $135,000 one-year salary being paid to Dave Lindenberg, who was appointed acting superintendent following the separation agreement reached between Birdsey and the school board earlier this year.

Earlier in the search process, the board met with Mark DeVoti, associate executive director with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB), in executive session to discuss competitive salaries. The district has contracted with CASB for the superintendent search.

Prior to the release of the brochure, DeVoti said he had already heard inquiries about the position, adding that the Re-2 search was Colorado’s first in the current academic year. However, it’s uncertain how many applicants have applied. An inquiry sent to CASB was referred back to the district.

Districtwide Services Theresa Hamilton said she did not know how many people had applied, but added that she expected CASB would provide an update to the board shortly after the current winter break.

DeVoti previously said that the majority of applications come in the last week of the application window.

Under state law, the names of applicants do not have to be disclosed until a field of finalists are declared by a search committee. However, that provision does not apply if three or fewer candidates apply for the position.

Another uncertainty at the moment, is whether Lindenberg will apply for the position. Since being appointed acting superintendent, the job has been going smoothly, thanks to the support from the district community, he said.

“The job has been going well so far and I am very appreciative to the Garfield Re-2 team that is moving our district forward,” Lindenberg said.

Regarding intentions to apply for the position, Lindenberg said he intends to take time over the current break and give it more thought.

“Since applications are due mid January, and I have been extremely busy in my interim superintendent role to this point, I decided to think it over more carefully over this holiday break,” Lindenberg said. “I will be able to have more focused and reflective thought over the break and owe it to the district, myself and my family not to rush the decision whether to apply.”

Either way, he added that he hopes to play a role in Garfield Re-2 in the future and that he is confident Re-2 can meet the expectations set by the community and the district.

Under a working time-line set by the board and CASB, the screening process, background checks and initial interviews will take place in the second half of January. A final decision is expected in mid February.

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