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Brent Curtice named finalist in Garfield superintendent search

Michael Neary

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice is one of three finalists for the superintendent position at Garfield School District in Rifle.

— Brent Curtice, superintendent of Moffat County School District, has been named one of three finalists for the superintendent's position at Garfield School District No. Re-2 in Rifle.

“We are very fortunate to have three exceptionally good candidates to consider for superintendent,” said Anne Guettler, Garfield Re-2 school board president, in a written statement. “We have many great things going on in Garfield Re-2, but we have some impending challenges as well. We are definitely looking for the right fit."

The Garfield Re-2 School Board intends to make a decision by the week of Feb. 15, according to a statement from the district, and the new superintendent is scheduled to begin work on July 1.

In his letter of application, part of a packet of information open to public release, Curtice noted that he has served in public education for more than 34 years — a tenure that included his receiving Colorado High School Principal of the Year in 2004.

"I believe it takes participation with stakeholders on all levels to ensure students meet learning objectives and acquire the 21st century skills and abilities to be productive adults," Curtice said.

In a written statement, Curtice said he applied for the position in early January.

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"I was honored and humbled by this request to be considered a finalist for Garfield Re-2 School District superintendent position," he said in the statement. "The district encompasses over 5,000 students and 10 schools. This move would be consistent with my career aspirations."

Curtice also said he and his wife have been "eager and committed" to Craig, and he said that if he is not selected for the position he will "continue to perform the duties of superintendent with passion and enthusiasm to fulfill the District goals and objectives of Moffat County School District and continue to give a 110 percent effort."

Curtice emphasized, in a telephone interview, that the position presented a strong career opportunity.

"It's a larger district — double the size of kids," he said. "This is based on a career opportunity that I felt good about."

Curtice began his tenure as superintendent in Moffat County the summer before the 2014-2015 school year. He had been serving as assistant superintendent when he was appointed.

Moffat County Board of Education President Darrell Camilletti, reached Wednesday by telephone, said Curtice called board members to inform them he had been named a finalist.

"Superintendents continually look for opportunities," Camilletti added.

Last June, Curtice was a finalist for the superintendent position at Montrose County School District.

Mariah Doolin and Kristin O’Connor, Moffat County Education Association co-presidents, lamented the possibility that Curtice may leave the district and emphasized the importance of consistency.

“We are saddened by the news that the superintendent, Brent Curtice, may be leaving the district,” they said in a joint emailed statement. Stressing the need to provide the “best education possible” for students, they advocated continuing the work begun under Curtice’s direction.

“We know high-performing schools have these things in common: a clear mission, vision and consistency over time,” they wrote. “To continue the work we have been doing to push our schools to be high-performing, we need the school board to give a vote of confidence to the district that we will continue with our mission, vision, and we will make the need for consistency over time a priority.”