School board accepts resignation of nearly 20-year educator

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Bill Toovey

The Moffat County School Board unanimously accepted the resignation of a longtime administrator Thursday night.

Bill Toovey will step down as Craig Middle School’s principal at the end of the 2011-12 school year and head into a future yet unknown.

“We’re just framing up our options and we’ll decide down the road,” he said before Thursday’s meeting.

His last day is June 30.

His resignation was packaged in a consent agenda that passed without comment, but Superintendent Joe Petrone paused before the end of the meeting to recognize Toovey’s pending departure.

“Your resignation didn’t go unnoticed,” Petrone said. “Your contributions have been … stellar, and we appreciate everything you’ve done for the children here,” he said.

Toovey, who declined to comment on why he’s leaving the district, tendered his resignation in a letter to the school board dated Feb. 5.

“I wish my colleagues, along with the Moffat County School District, only the best,” he said in the letter. “I am and will be forever grateful for the opportunity and humbled by the faith the MCSD ‘family’ has afforded me.”

Toovey leaves behind a career spanning nearly 20 years and included experience in both the classroom and administrator’s office.

He also was a band director for sixth- through 12th-graders and served as an assistant principal at CMS and Moffat County High School before taking the middle school principal position, which he’s held for seven years.

Thom Schnellinger, MCHS principal, said Toovey played a large role in designing the new building to fit the needs of middle school children.

“We’ll miss Bill,” he said. “He’s been a great mentor. He’s been a great colleague for us and a great voice for education in Moffat County.”

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