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Moffat County School Board plans next step in superintendent search

Michael Neary

Moffat County School Board members Sue Voloshin, left, Jo Ann Baxter and JoBeth Tupa consider the early steps of a superintendent search during Tuesday’s work session.





Moffat County School Board members Sue Voloshin, left, Jo Ann Baxter and JoBeth Tupa consider the early steps of a superintendent search during Tuesday's work session.

— The Moffat County Board of Education took initial steps during a work session Tuesday in the quest to find a new superintendent. After some discussion, board members scheduled a presentation from a Colorado Association of School Boards' representative about services that organization provides to facilitate a superintendent search.

The presentation from CASB is slated to take place at 10 a.m. March 3, with a special meeting at 11:30 a.m. designed for the board to decide whether to enlist CASB's services.

Last week, Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice accepted the superintendent's job with Garfield School District No. Re. 2, a job that's set to begin July 1. The contract is not yet finalized.

Curtice told the Craig Daily Press last week his focus on the work in Moffat County would remain acute for the rest of the school year.

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

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Charity Neal, board secretary, noted Tuesday it would be best to have Curtice's resignation submitted before the school board signs a contract with CASB to facilitate a search.

"I think we need to start the process, but I don't want us to sign on the dotted line until Brent signs on the dotted line," she said.

During Tuesday's work session, Curtice said that he was confident he would reach a contract agreement with Garfield School District No. Re. 2 soon, enabling him to submit a resignation that would end his contract with the Moffat County School District on June 30 of this year. As of now, Curtice's contract extends through June 30, 2018.

"I don't see anything at this moment in time that would hold that back from the Garfield side or from my side," Curtice said, adding that contract negotiations are in the "formality stages."

"I anticipate it will be done early in March, which is next week," Curtice said.

Board Member Jo Ann Baxter noted the importance of starting the search process as soon is feasible.

"The longer we delay, the more difficult it will be to get quality applicants," Baxter said.

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.

More information about the services for superintendent searches CASB provides can be found atcasb.org/domain/49.