Hayden won't renew superintendent's contract

Greg Rockhold was hired two years ago from Tennessee school

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— The Hayden School Board voted tonight not to renew Superintendent Greg Rockhold's contract for the 2010-11 school year.

The vote was a unanimous "no" on the question of whether to approve Rockhold's contract. The board is meeting tonight partly to discuss how to reduce the budget by almost $495,000 next school year.

Rockhold became the district's superintendent in March 2008, replacing Mike Luppes, who retired and now coaches the Hayden High School boys basketball team. Rockhold was hired from his position as principal of E.W. Grove High School in Paris, Tenn., which serves only ninth-graders.

His original contract was for two years.

In his career in education, Rockhold has been a teacher, an adjunct professor and an assistant principal. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Rockhold was educated in New Mexico, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. He has submitted his doctoral dissertation in educational leadership to Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, according to his résumé.

Rockhold also served on the Hayden Home Rule Charter Commission last spring, which created the town's home rule charter.

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