Moffat County School district officials have begun the search for a new principal at East Elementary School.
Former principal Diana Cook, who has been on a leave of absence since October, resigned from the position. Her resignation was accepted by the School Board at its Feb. 25 meeting.
When Cook left, former Assistant Superintendent Joel Sheridan filled the position temporarily.
District officials said Sheridan will maintain the post until the end of the year.
Meanwhile, superintendent Joe Petrone has begun the recruiting process for what will be his first major hire since he started work at the district in June 2009.
“We’re certainly looking for someone who can serve as an instructional leader and set the tone for East Elementary,” Petrone said. “Someone who displays a high understanding of teaching and learning. You also have the overall climate of the school in terms of teacher alliances.
“We’re looking for someone that would engage teachers, families and someone that always creates a safe and productive learning environment.”
The recruitment process began March 4 when the vacancy was posted on the school district’s Web site.
Petrone met with East Elementary faculty to discuss the development of a recruitment committee.
Petrone, Assistant Superintendent Christine Villard, East faculty members, one School Board member and one parent will serve on the committee to review applicants and make recommendations.
Applications are due March 31 and will be reviewed April 1 to 5, according to the job posting.
Finalists will have the opportunity to interview and visit in the following weeks, and will meet with the three elementary school principals in the district.
Petrone said since the vacancy was announced, there has been “immediate interest,” some of it coming from within the district.
“We have had interest expressed internally,” Petrone said. “But, I don’t believe we have any completed applications as of yet.”
He said the committee will consider applicants from within and outside of the district.
“Building internal leaders is important for any organization,” he said. “You’re building leaders who have an understanding of the district and its mission and vision.”
Petrone said Sheridan has been an asset to the district in a time of need by coming out of retirement to fill in for Cook.
“We’re delighted with the knowledge he’s going to be there for the rest of the year,” Petrone said. “We’re delighted he stepped in when he did because it provided the students and parents with the continuity they needed.”
As for Cook, Petrone could not comment on her reason for leaving.
“We wish her well in her professional and personal endeavors,” he said.
Cook could not be reached for comment by press time.