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Curtice accepts new job with Garfield school district

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice, left, shakes hands with predecessor Joe Petrone in summer 2014. On Tuesday, it was announced the Garfield Re-2 School District announced it would enter into contract negotiations to hire Curtice as its new superintendent.

Moffat County School DistrictMoffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice accepted a superintendent position at Garfield Re-2 late Tuesday , according to a news release. Superintendent Brent Curtice accepted a superintendent position at Garfield Re-2 late Tuesday , according to a news release.

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice accepted a superintendent position at Garfield Re-2 late Tuesday , according to a news release.

"We interviewed three excellent candidates, each with unique strengths that they could bring to Garfield Re-2," Garfield School Board President Ann Guettler said in a statement. "I feel like any of them could come and work in our district without any difficulty. Brent is a collaborator and knows the landscape in Colorado."

In January, the Craig Daily Press alerted the community that Curtice was one of three finalists for the position.

"It's a larger district — double the size of kids," Curtice told the Daily Press last month. "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.

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Curtice confirmed Tuesday he had accepted the new job with a start date of July 1, the day after his contract with MCSD ends.

"I'm looking forward accepting and taking on challenges and working with the board of education and staff and community to better the district and children," he said of his upcoming position.

In his remaining four months with Moffat County, Curtice said he hopes to address budget and curriculum concerns as best he can leading up to the hiring of his replacement.

"I'm going to continue to work with passion and excitement and perform the duties of superintendent," he said.

Darrell Camilletti, president of the MCSD Board of Education, said Curtice called him shortly after receiving the news, to which he offered his congratulations.

"I think we have to understand you don't want to take somebody's ability away to advance themselves professionally," he said. "It's a good opportunity for him."

Camilletti and fellow current board members Tony Peroulis and Sue Voloshin were part of the seven-seat board that hired Curtice to the superintendent role in 2014.

Camilletti said he has touched base with Colorado Association of School Boards on the best way for the district to proceed hiring Curtice's successor.

"One of the things that we want to do up front is define what our expectations are and what the board's goals are for somebody coming in so a person who does come in knows what to expect and is comfortable working with the board," he said.

The board has not yet set a time to discuss replacing Curtice, but the timeframe of the next four months works well in seeking interested parties, he said.

"Right now is when existing superintendents are starting to look for new opportunities to march forward," Camilletti said.