Craig community meets Ridgeview and CMS principal candidates

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— Parents and other members of the Craig community took advantage this week of the opportunity to meet candidates for the principal positions at Craig Middle School and Ridgeview Elementary School.

The Monday and Wednesday night meetings included Q-and-a sessions as well a chance for each candidate to discuss his and her qualifications for the job.

Finalists for the middle school position include Jennifer Krentz, Dr. Joe Libby and Dr. Tory Richey. Moffat County School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Petrone said interim principal Julie Baker withdrew her candidacy.

The three finalists have a variety of skills and experience to offer. Krentz, who has spent 21 years in education and is from rural upstate New York, double majored in biology and education with a minor in chemistry, has a master’s in educational leadership and said she is fulfilling her lifelong dream of pursuing her doctorate.

Libby has been an assistant principal for the Adams 12 Five Star Schools District, principal at Overland Trail Middle School and is currently the middle school principal in the Fort Dodge School District in Iowa. He earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from Iowa State University, a master’s in education administration from St. Cloud State University and a doctorate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Richey began his teaching career in 1995 in Laredo, Texas, and is the principal at Carey Junior High School in Cheyenne, Wyo. He received a bachelor’s in history/political science from Jamestown College, a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Denver.

Candidates for the principal position at Ridgeview Elementary include current interim principal Amber Clark, Carrie Clark and Krentz, who was interviewed for both positions.

Amber has been the interim principal at Ridgeview for the past year and prior to that was chairwoman of the Moffat County High School science department. Amber has taught science in the Pritchett School District and also worked for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Colorado Mesa University and a master’s in educational leadership and policy studies form the University of Texas at Arlington.

Clark comes from the Western Slope, just outside Rifle, and has spent seven years as an instructional coach. She said instruction and finding ways to help all kids are her passions.

“You don’t choose who comes to you,” she said. “You help them all and build their skills.”

Petrone said both meetings saw a good representation of the community and brought up good questions.

Concluding interviews were held Thursday and will then be reviewed by administration. Petrone said the administration doesn’t have a time frame for when final selections will be made.

Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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