Tinneal Gerber, left, Moffat County budget analyst, will begin her new job as Moffat County School District finance director on July 1. Amber Clark, center, a Moffat County High School science teacher, will serve as interim principal at Ridgeview Elementary School to fill in for Julie Baker, right, who will temporarily take the helm at Craig Middle School for the 2012-13 school year.

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Tinneal Gerber, left, Moffat County budget analyst, will begin her new job as Moffat County School District finance director on July 1. Amber Clark, center, a Moffat County High School science teacher, will serve as interim principal at Ridgeview Elementary School to fill in for Julie Baker, right, who will temporarily take the helm at Craig Middle School for the 2012-13 school year.

Gerber to take reins as MCSD finance director

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At a glance …

The Moffat County School Board voted May 24 to fill two administrative openings.

Tinneal Gerber, current Moffat County budget analyst, will replace Mark Rydberg as school district finance director.

Gerber’s first day is scheduled for July 1.

Amber Clark, a Moffat County High School science teacher, will serve as Ridgeview Elementary School interim principal.

Clark temporarily replaces Julie Baker, who will step in as interim Craig Middle School principal for the 2012-13 school year.

Students and staff can expect to find changes at Moffat County School District when the 2012-13 school year begins this fall.

Tinneal Gerber, current Moffat County budget analyst, will step into the role of school district finance director on July 1, according to a personnel report the Moffat County School Board approved at its regular meeting May 24.

She will replace Mark Rydberg, who is leaving the school district in late June to take a job as business services director for Summit School District.

At their May 24 meeting, school board members also gave the green light to making Amber Clark, a Moffat County High School science teacher, interim principal at Ridgeview Elementary School.

She takes the place of Julie Baker, who in turn will fill in as interim Craig Middle School principal for the 2012-13 school year after Principal Bill Toovey submitted his resignation in February.

“We’re just delighted that both of them are joining us,” Superintendent Joe Petrone said about Clark and Gerber.

Gerber’s experience in public finance helped her stand out among the “multitude” of applications the district received for the finance director’s vacancy, he said.

Her resume includes an 11-year tenure at Moffat County and a master’s degree in public administration she earned in 2009 from Upper Iowa University, she said.

Gerber believes her experience with Moffat County will serve her well in her new role.

“I do definitely understand (the school district’s) revenue sources pretty well between property tax and specific ownership tax,” she said.

She also intends to build upon the district’s transparency by helping to “communicate to the citizens what’s being done with their tax dollars,” she said.

Gerber said she’s excited to sign aboard what she described as a “new, challenging position,” and to contribute to the “strong teamwork” Petrone has established at the school district.

“I’m really looking forward to working in that type of a position where I can offer something to that team,” she said.

Clark was unavailable for comment Wednesday.

The beginning of the school year also will bring a change of pace for Baker, who agreed this spring to temporarily take the helm at CMS after Toovey’s resignation.

She brings more than 15 years of experience in the school district, including 11 years as Ridgeview principal and two years as an assistant principal at MCHS, she said in a mid-May interview.

This year marks Baker’s first foray into middle school education, and she’s ready for the challenge.

“I just really dig that age group of kids,” she said. “Are they tough? Yes, sometimes, but they have so much to offer at that age, and I look forward to hanging out with them.”

She doesn’t plan to make sweeping changes at CMS, but rather intends to connect with staff members “to learn about all their strengths and support them in their profession and carry on some of the great things that they’re doing,” she said.

Comments

Joanna Hatten 2 years, 6 months ago

Oooh my. From Julie Baker who led with compassion and understanding to Mrs. Clark who has the personality of a rattlesnake. I have personally witnessed this lady on 3 different occasions talk down to and belittle people working at various local business' if her opinion was challenged. Is this the best you could do Moffat County? for elementary children who's young self images are just developing?? C'mon....dig a little deeper in your stack of applications and give our youth a chance.

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