Granby " E. Grand schools fill most administrative vacancies |

Granby " E. Grand schools fill most administrative vacancies

Two new principals and the district’s first-ever director of Student Achievement were approved by the East Grand Board of Education at its Tuesday meeting.

All three will be new faces in the district. None had previously served as teachers or administrators in Grand County.

“I think how the administrative staff is shaping up is very positive,” said Superintendent Robb Rankin to the board after it had voted to approve the hiring of the three new staff members.

The two principal jobs are going to a husband-and-wife team. Andrea Verosky will be Granby Elementary’s new principal while her husband, Jeffrey Verosky, was selected to be the new principal of East Grand Middle School.

Andrea Verosky has been the principal of Stansberry Elementary School in the Loveland School District for the past three years . Jeffrey Verosky has been the assistant principal of Weld Central High School for the past three years.

Also being approved Tuesday was James Chamberlain as the district’s director of Student Achievement. He is currently the principal in the South Routt Junior-Senior High School and is a former teacher. He has a doctorate in education from Colorado State University. He is married with two young children.

Chamberlain’s position was newly created this year. It was originally going to be filled by Fraser Valley Elementary’s principal Reba Ferguson, but she was killed April 1 in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 40 between Tabernash and Granby.

Tuesday’s approvals have almost filled the entire turnover of the district’s administrative staff that started earlier this year.

That turnover began with the selection of Nancy Karas as the district’s new superintendent on January 22. She will be replacing Rankin, who is retiring June 30 after serving as superintendent for the past 12 years. Karas has been the principal of East Grand Middle School since 1993.

The next change came at the board’s Feb. 19 meeting when Principal Terry Sidell of Grand Lake Elementary announced that she was retiring at the end of this school year. She had been that school’s principal for the past 13 years.

Then the week after the board’s Feb. 19 meeting, the district began to advertise for full-time principals at both Middle Park High School and Granby Elementary School.

Those two principal positions were held respectively by Dale Fleming and Tom Papathakis.

With vacancies in the principal positions for all five of its regular schools, the district began advertising for applicants. Over the past several weeks, applications were reviewed and candidate interviews conducted.

In April, East Grand’s school board approved Jane C. Harmon as Middle Park High’s new principal. She is the principal of Moffat County High School in Craig and has served in that position since August 2001.

At its May 6 meeting, the school board approved Phyllis Price of Burlington to fill the vacancy at Grand Lake Elementary. When she assumes her new position, Price will be a half-time principal and a half-time Title 1 reading teacher.

Also approved at the May 6 meeting was Joe Connors of Colorado Springs as Fraser Valley Elementary’s new principal. However, it was announced at Tuesday’s meeting that Connors has since decided not to accept the position because he will be moving to Wisconsin. His resignation was approved by the board.

With Connors’ resignation, the only principal vacancy still needing to be filled is for Fraser Valley Elementary. Rankin said that he is in contact with an applicant and plans to meet with him next week.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved the resignation of Dale Fleming as Middle Park High’s principal. He 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.

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