'Looking forward to coming back'

Bruce Gregg returns to CIS as interim principal

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Bruce Gregg

— It's like coming home.

For veteran teacher and administrator Bruce Gregg, Craig Intermediate School is a familiar place. Gregg, who spent 22 of his 25 years with Moffat County School District at Craig Intermediate School, has been hired as the interim principal there for the 2007-08 school year.

"I have a lot of fond memories of those 22 years at CIS," Gregg said. "I know the operation of the school, I have a pretty good idea of what needs to be done, and I know most of the staff members."

The principal position was left open after Don Davidson's resignation, effective June 20. Davidson accepted the principal position at Pomona Elementary School in Montrose.

Gregg, who began his career in 1977 with the district, said he is excited to return.

"Here I am, 30 years later, heading back and facing some of those same emotions," Gregg said.

He earned his bachelor's degree in education, with an emphasis on social studies, from Mississippi College in 1977 and master's in educational administration from Colorado State University in 1986.

Gregg taught social studies at Moffat County High School for two years before transferring to Craig Middle School (now CIS) to teach sixth-grade social studies from 1981 to 1990. He served as principal of CIS from 1990 to 2000, then decided to go back to teaching, leading physical education instruction at the school for the past few years of his career. He retired from Moffat County in 2005.

Gregg has spent his retirement reading, mountain biking and traveling to places such as Mexico and Aruba. He and his wife, Susan, who retired from Craig Middle School in 2006, reside in Grand Junction.

"When I was retiring, I said I didn't want to rule out returning, but it would have to be the right job," Gregg said. "Lately, I've been kind of missing working in the schools, working with kids and my colleagues."

Since Bruce is 52, Susan urged him to hurry.

"In a true vote of confidence. She said, 'You'd better do it before you get too old,'" Gregg said.

So with a timeline and a desire to return, Gregg said the CIS job came at the right time.

"It just fit real well with me right now," he said. "I'm really looking forward to coming back and working for these next 10 months."

Gregg's contract runs from Aug. 1 to June 13, 2008. Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan said Gregg was the ideal candidate for the job, as well.

"He knows the school," Sheridan said. "He knows most of the staff and can step in and just do the job."

Plus, the hire of a CIS principal was complicated by the possibility of the school being converted into a preschool to fifth-grade building. The district is currently working on a $28 million bond issue that could change CIS's role in the district and, thereby, change the principal's role.

"It's hard to bring someone in here and say, 'You may not be the person we need when the bond passes,'" Sheridan said.

So Gregg was the right candidate. And the job was the right one for him, too.

"I really enjoy that age group," Gregg said. "The kids are still pretty young, but they're old enough to build a great relationship with. You can kid around with them. It's just really a fun age group."

Gregg said he will move to Craig for the year, and Susan will join him as she is able. He plans to go into CIS and simply support, not make any drastic changes.

"I've always believed the most important piece in the educational puzzle : are those staff members who work with the students day after day," Gregg said. "I think my role as principal, and interim principal this next year, is just to support those staff in working with those students directly. I see that as my role."

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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