Moffat County School District finance director resigning

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Mark Rydberg

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“One of the things that we’ve learned quickly is that he does help people understand a very complex subject.”

— Joe Petrone, Moffat County School District superintendent, about departing Finance Director Mark Rydberg.

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Moffat County School District’s finance director is resigning to take a job in Summit County.

Mark Rydberg will serve as director of business services for Summit School District, which enrolls about 2,800 students.

His last day at Moffat County School District is scheduled for late June.

School district officials plan to post a job description for the finance director’s position by Friday.

This summer, Moffat County School District will lose a longtime administrator who Superintendent Joe Petrone described as “pivotal” to the organization.

Finance Director Mark Rydberg is leaving the school district to take the director of business services position at Summit School District, which enrolls about 2,800 students.

The job offered “a different look at a different school district,” he said. “It’s a good professional opportunity for me and a good personal opportunity for me.”

Rydberg, who is not under contract, gave notice of his resignation in late March, he said.

His last day is in late June, although the exact date has yet to be determined.

School district officials plan to post a job description for the finance director’s position by Friday, Petrone said. He hopes to find a replacement before late June so Rydberg would have time to help train his successor.

Rydberg’s tenure with the district stretches back five and a half years. During his time in the finance director’s chair, he saw significant changes sweep through Moffat County and the state.

Shortly after his arrival in January 2007, Moffat County voters approved a $29.5 million bond issue that paid for construction of a new Craig Middle School and facilities upgrades throughout the district.

Rydberg pointed to the bond-funded school improvements, as well as managing the bond issue obligation itself, as highlights of his career in Moffat County.

He also played a major role in school budgeting, an increasingly complex task in the face of plunging state funding.

“The last three budgets have been challenging because of the steady reduction in funding,” he said.

Rydberg’s expertise was welcomed during tight financial times, Petrone said.

“(Rydberg’s) depth of understanding of the process was extraordinarily helpful as we have been managing these steady declines in revenue” from the state, he said.

Rydberg also is willing to explain school funding to school board members, principals and students, Petrone said.

Making the intricacies of school finance understandable has long been one of Rydberg’s aims.

“That would always be my goal in any organization,” he said.

“I hope I’ve been successful at that.”

Petrone believes he has.

“One of the things that we’ve learned quickly is that he does help people understand a very complex subject,” he said. “He’s very, very able to do that for us and we’ll miss him.”

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