Craig Middle School principal to be named this week |

Craig Middle School principal to be named this week

Two candidates vying for position

Andy Bockelman

Moffat County School District plans to once again have someone behind the desk in the Craig Middle School principal’s office by the end of this week.

The district will interview two candidates Wednesday for the position.

In consideration are David Grabowski, of Craig, and Stephen Bollinger, of Nucla.

Grabowski currently works as the assistant principal of Moffat County High School and also recently interviewed for the principal job at that establishment. Bollinger has served for several years as the principal of Naturita Elementary School within the West End School District in southwestern Colorado.

“Both of them have a vast amount of experience in the leadership role,” MCSD Superintendent Brent Curtice said. “We were looking for people who looked like they could fit our community, our geography, our expectations.”

A total of seven applicants put forth their names when the job was posted July 1, after the resignation of Joe Libby, CMS’s former principal. His decision to leave the district — which also followed the non-renewal of the contract for his wife, Laura Vinger, as principal of Sunset Elementary School — was approved during the MCSD Board of Education’s June meeting.

This will mark the fourth principal the school has had in four years. CMS also recently filled the vice principal job left open by Jill Hafey, who soon will start as the new Sunset Elementary principal, by hiring John Haddan.

Renae Dove, executive director of school support and personnel for the district, said the need to fill the position quickly is primarily because the job will start Aug. 1. The timing will necessitate that whoever is selected be ready to go.

“There’s a lot of dominos that have to fall into place for them with their families and other jobs,” Dove said.

Curtice and Dove said it is likely the new principal will be announced within one or two days of the interviews.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or

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