Former high school principals Todd Markley (Cedaredge) and Kurt Clay (Delta) have been named assistant superintendents by Caryn Gibson, superintendent of schools for Delta County Joint School District 50.
Markley's focus will be high schools and human resources; Clay will oversee pre-kindergarten to eighth grade schools and school/community relations, among other duties.
Interviews for the vacancies at both Cedaredge and Delta high schools will begin this week.
With the assistance of a facilitator, Gibson, Markley and Clay conducted a team planning and building session with the district's principals on June 8. "The people who are going to make a difference are right here in this room," Gibson said.
The session began with a celebration of the 2011-12 school year. After each principal had shared a noteworthy accomplishment, Gibson observed, "The adults had their ups and downs this school year, but the kids had a great year."
The group then moved on to creating a vision which puts the focus on students and includes a culture of high expectations and a rigorously rich curriculum. The schools will be staffed by the best teachers — people of integrity and character. The school district will be financially stable, and will communicate better with the community. Relationships will be marked by trust, respect and professionalism. Above all, those gathered in the room want Delta County to once again be considered one of the top school districts in the state. The facilitator, Illene Roggensack, wrapped up the planning session by helping the group identify specific strategies and behaviors for implementing that vision.
The principals will meet again at a retreat in August. In the meantime, Gibson said, "Have a great summer and enjoy your families!"blog comments powered by Disqus