Interim Re-2 superintendent not applying for position |

Interim Re-2 superintendent not applying for position

Dave Lindenberg
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Interim Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Dave Lindenberg announced Friday, Jan. 8, that he will not apply for the permanent position.

Lindenberg made the announcement in the internal district newsletter, “Re-2 Connections.” Entering the winter break, Lindenberg said he had not decided if he would apply for the position, adding that he intended to take the time with his family and try to make a decision. Family appears to have weighed heavily in his decision.

“Moving forward, I feel the needs of our district require a superintendent that can give more than I can commit right now in my life with family needs weighing heavily in my decision,” Lindenberg said in the newsletter. “Therefore, after much difficult deliberation, I will not be applying for the superintendent position at this time.”

Lindenberg was appointed to the interim position in August after the school board parted ways with the former superintendent, Susan Birdsey. Emails between board members at the time revealed the decision was controversial among some members.

The board has since contracted with the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) to help search for a new superintendent.

In the same newsletter Friday, Re-2 Board President Anne Guettler thanked Lindenberg for his leadership.

“The last six months have been joyful, difficult, uncertain and above all else — changing,” Guettler said. “From the school board’s perspective, there are no hands that could have better kept the Garfield Re-2 School District safe than those of Dave Lindenberg. … The school board applauds his leadership, respects his decision and looks forward to our continued relationship.”

Lindenberg, a former principal at Kathryn Senor Elementary, was appointed to the assistant superintendent position in 2014. His contract for the acting superintendent position states that if he is not hired as the superintendent, the board will assign him to an administrative position commencing July 1. The board will determine the position and his pay will revert to its previous level.

Lindenberg said he looks forward to continue working in the district.

“I look forward to working with the new superintendent and will do my best to help bring that person up to speed quickly in the transition,” he said. “I will be sure to share my historical understanding, my learning from my experiences in the role this year, and the valuable insights I gathered from so many of you in my ‘listening tour’ first semester. Lastly, I will impress upon the new superintendent how great a resource the district has in each of you.”

The district is accepting applications for the superintendent position until Jan. 15. Under state law, the names of applicants do not have to be disclosed until finalists are declared by a search committee. As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, CASB had received 10 applications.

The board anticipates having a list of finalists by Jan. 26, with a hiring decision likely coming in mid-February.

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