Granby " Clean sweep: All five East Grand principal jobs are open
March 24, 2008
Five for five ” The East Grand School District is making it a clean sweep of all of its principal positions with this week’s announcement that its fifth principal will be taking a new position.
In a press release Monday, Superintendent Robb Rankin announced that Principal Reba Ferguson of Fraser Valley Elementary School is leaving her position at the end of this school year. She has been that school’s principal for the past seven years.
Ferguson is leaving the principal’s job at Fraser Valley Elementary because she has just been appointed the new Director of Student Achievement for the East Grand Schools.
“In her new role, Reba will be working with all schools in the district, overseeing the implementation of the International Baccalaureate program and coordinating all aspects of programs related to student achievement,” Rankin said. “Her background and expertise are good matches for this position.”
In addition to her seven years as Fraser Valley Elementary’s principal, Ferguson worked as an assistant principal and classroom and special education teacher at the elementary and middle school levels with the Roaring Fork School District. She is enrolled in a doctoral program at the University of Denver and will assume her new duties in late July.
Ferguson’s selection was made during the weekend by Rankin and Nancy Karas, who will become the district’s superintendent on July 1. Ferguson was one of 14 applicants for director of student achievement, a new position created and announced this year.
Five principal vacancies
The announcement of Ferguson to her new position makes her the fifth principal of East Grand Schools who will be leaving at the end of this school year.
In January, Principal Nancy Karas of East Grand Middle School was selected as the new superintendent of the East Grand School District. She will replace Robb Rankin, who will retire June 30 after serving 12 years as the superintendent. Karas has been the middle school’s principal since 1993.
At the Feb. 19 meeting of the East Grand Board of Education, it was announced that Terry Sidell will be retiring after 13 years as the principal of Grand Lake Elementary.
The district plans to fill that vacancy with someone who will be a half-time principal and half-time Title 1 reading teacher.
That same week, Rankin informed the school board that he had decided to announce vacancies for the principal jobs for both Middle Park High School and Granby Elementary School. Those positions are respectively held by Dale Fleming and Tom Papathakis.
Fleming has been a member of Middle Park High’s staff for the past nine years. During his first three years, he was the high school’s vice principal and athletic director. For the past six years, he has served as its principal.
Tom Papathakis has served in the East Grand School District for the past 12 years. He was a teacher at both Fraser Valley and Granby Elementary before taking over the principal’s job two years ago.
Apparently unaffected by these leadership changes is the district’s only charter school. Indian Peaks Charter School’s principal is Polly Gallagher.
Selecting new principals
In making the announcement of the latest principal vacancy, Rankin said the selection process for the new principals is already well under way.
This Saturday, interviews will be conducted with the finalist candidates for Middle Park High School and East Grand Middle School. There are four finalists for each position.
Saturday’s interviews will be conducted by committees made up of district administrators, staff members, parents and students.
Rankin said the announcement of who has been selected to become the new high school and middle school principals may be made as early as next week, but not later than April 15.
As for the three elementary school principal positions, Rankin said the district has received about 30 applications. The district accepted applications up to March 20.
“The applicant pool for the other announced elementary principalships will be used,” Rankin said. “Approximately four finalists will be selected and interviewed by three separate committees made up of parents, staff and administrators.”
Interviews are expected to be conducted April 18-19, Rankin said. The selection of the new principals for all three elementary schools should be made by the school board’s meeting on Tuesday, May 6.
“This is a very exciting time for the district to go forward with a cohesive, positive leadership team,” Rankin said.