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Re-2 announces finalists for superintendent

Ryan Hoffman

The Garfield Re-2 Board of Education on Tuesday selected three experienced administrators, two from elsewhere in Colorado and one from Oklahoma, as the district’s finalists for the superintendent position.

The three — Brent Curtice, Patrick O’Brien and Stacy Houser — all currently work outside the district. The candidates were selected from a list of 18 applicants, with the announcement coming after a roughly one-hour executive session Tuesday evening.

“There were many excellent, qualified candidates. It made the selection process very difficult, but (the Colorado Association of School Boards) led us through an excellent process and as a board, we came to consensus around our finalists. We are very fortunate to have three exceptionally good candidates to consider for superintendent,” Anne Guettler, board president, said in a statement. “We have many great things going on in Garfield Re-2, but we have some impending challenges as well. We are definitely looking for the right fit.”

Houser has served as superintendent of Aguilar School District in Colorado since 2012 and Curtice has served as superintendent at Moffat County School District RE-1 since 2014. He served as assistant superintendent from 2011 to 2014.

O’Brien has served as superintendent of Newcastle Public Schools in Oklahoma since 2012. Prior to that, he served as superintendent from 2003 to 2012 at two other school districts, including Cheraw Public Schools in Colorado.

Acting Garfield Re-2 Superintendent Dave Lindenberg announced earlier this month that he would not be applying for the position, with family needs weighing heavily in that decision.

Lindenberg was appointed to the acting role 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.

Since then, the district contracted with CASB to help search for a new superintendent. Three new directors were elected to the Re-2 board in November.

The superintendent finalists will spend part of Thursday, Feb. 11, touring schools, participating in the 2016 State of the Community Luncheon and meeting the community at a meet and greet at the district office, located at 839 Whiteriver Ave., from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

A committee consisting of the board, district administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, students and community members will conduct the interviews on Friday, Feb. 12. The board intends to name a final candidate the week of February 15.

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