Public invited to meet candidates for West Grand schools superintendent
March 24, 2009
West Grand School District received 16 applications for its superintendent position. The school board, using criteria and eight selections from the screening committee, chose three finalists.A community Meet Your Superintendent Candidates night is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Cathy Shipley Community Room. The meeting will give people an opportunity to interact and ask questions of the candidates (in alphabetical order): Kevin Chalfant is the principal at Peyton High School, a high performing school near Colorado Springs. His experience in education includes teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal. He taught and coached for seven years at Woodland Park High School before becoming principal at Crowley County and Peyton high schools. Hobbies include spending time in the outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking and skiing. He is married to Debra, and they have four grown daughters. Gerald Gabbard is serving in his third year as superintendent of schools in the Primero RE-2 School District, Weston. He has lived in Colorado since 2002 and was formerly a Wisconsin resident. Gabbard has worked for 17 years in public education, including three years as a superintendent, nine years as a principal, and five years as a music educator. Cheryl Gomez, principal, Pueblo School of Arts & Sciences, Pueblo, was raised in southern Colorado, graduated from Rye High School and 12 years later graduated from Colorado State University – Pueblo with a degree in biology and elementary education. She earned her master’s degree in administration and is currently working toward a doctorate through Colorado State University. Her teaching career included the development and facilitation of a K-5 science program for a Title 1 school and position of standards coach for reading, writing and mathematics. Her administrative role as a secondary curriculum coordinator, for Pueblo School District 70 incorporated responsibilities for dual enrollment programs, vocational programs and curriculum oversight. She became the principal for the Pueblo School for Arts and Sciences (PSAS) in October 2002.