Principal Jane Harmon looks out the window of her office at Moffat County High School. Harmon, who has been principal at MCHS for seven years, announced that she plans to take a position at Middle Park High School in Granby, pending East Grand School District approval.

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Principal Jane Harmon looks out the window of her office at Moffat County High School. Harmon, who has been principal at MCHS for seven years, announced that she plans to take a position at Middle Park High School in Granby, pending East Grand School District approval.

Moving on

MCHS principal to leave district next year

Story at a glance

• Jane Harmon, Moffat County High School principal, told high school staff and administrators Monday that she plans to leave Moffat County School District.

• On March 31, Harmon verbally agreed to be Middle Park High School principal.

• Harmon will finish out her contract, which ends June 24.

• She plans to submit a formal resignation after the East Grand School Board approves her hiring later this month.

• The district hopes to have the position filled by the end of the month.

On Monday, Jane Harmon notified high school staff and administrators that this year will be her last as Moffat County High School principal.

"I'm looking for a new challenge," she said. "A change to shake it up."

On March 31, Harmon verbally agreed to become principal of Middle Park High School, in Granby.

Harmon said she intends to finish out her 210-day contract, which ends June 24. Her formal resignation from the Moffat County School District is pending until the East Grand School Board approves her hiring, she said.

Next year, Harmon will be one of five new principals in the East Grand School District she said, adding that a new superintendent also will lead the district next year.

East Grand School District officials were unavailable for comment.

Harmon is making the change for several reasons.

The challenge of working with a new administration in a small school district ranks high among them, she said.

Harmon said working with other new principals would be a greater challenge than continuing in her career at Moffat County High School, where she has been principal for seven years.

"For me, personally and professionally, it's time for a change," she said. "For the past few years, I've been a little bored doing the same things."

Moving to Grand County also will place Harmon near the Front Range, where she will be closer to her daughter, Emily, a Colorado State University freshman, she said.

Still, that doesn't mean Harmon regrets her tenure in Moffat County.

"I have absolutely enjoyed my time in Moffat County," she said. "I think the community of Craig has been very good to me."

Joel Sheridan, Moffat County School District assistant superintendent, said Harmon had expressed thoughts of leaving the district about six weeks ago.

"I think she's worked very hard at a very difficult job," Sheridan said. "She's put a lot of energy into it."

The district currently has posted Harmon's position, Sheridan said.

"We hope to have (the position) filled by the end of this month," he said.

Because school principals help hire teaching staff, Sheridan said district officials prefer to hire principals before selecting teachers for the next school year.

The district's criteria for selecting Harmon's replacement?

"Obviously, the more experienced, the better," Sheridan said.

District officials also are looking for an applicant who will fit into the community and enjoy living in Moffat County, he added.

"We want the best person for the job," Sheridan said, "whether hiring inside or out" of the district.

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