Hayden School District Superintendent Trudy Vader resigns
Steamboat Springs — Hayden School District Superintendent Trudy Vader has turned in her resignation.
School Board President Brian Hoza said Vader will work for the remainder of her one-year contract, which expires June 30.
“The decision was made in the best interest of the district and for me,” Vader wrote in an email. “I truly wish the staff, the students and the community great success in their future.”
This is Vader’s first year working for the district.
“We appreciate all that she’s done and all the work she’s done for the district,” Hoza said.
The resignation comes as Vader deals with legal issues in Routt County Court.
On Jan. 27, a Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped to help Vader, whose truck was stuck in snow along Colorado Highway 131 just north of Yampa. Vader was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI, no proof of insurance and careless driving.
Vader said she was traveling back from Cripple Creek, where she had testified at a rape trial involving a former student.
Vader apologized for the incident, and the school board put her on probation and temporarily put her on administrative leave. Vader is due back in court April 8.
Hoza said the school board did not ask Vader to resign, and the board was not surprised by the timing of Vader’s resignation. During this time of year, administrators let the school board know whether they want their contracts extended.
“Timing-wise, it’s important for her to consider her next steps and for the district to find new leadership,” Hoza said.
The district is in the early stages of looking for a new superintendent.
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