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Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice finalist for Montrose position

Lauren Blair

Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice, shown here at a Board of Education meeting this year, is a finalist for the superintendent position in Montrose County School District.

— Moffat County School District Superintendent Brent Curtice has been selected as a finalist for the position of superintendent of Montrose County School District.

He is one of three finalists for the position, which was vacated by Mark MacHale who resigned suddenly April 3, according to the Montrose Daily Press.

"I was recruited by the CASB (Colorado Association of School Boards) executive director to apply for that position," Curtice said. "Prior to that time, I had not applied for any superintendent positions. I'm very content and very pleased with where our work is in Moffat County."

Curtice said he was contacted about the position in early June and was honored to be selected as a finalist by the Montrose County school board, though he has yet to meet with them or interview with them.

"It was an opportunity that I had to at least see through, to have a conversation with their board of education," Curtice said.

Montrose County School District is the second largest school district on the Western Slope with more than 6,300 students— compared to Moffat County's 2,000 — 13 schools and more than a $50 million budget, according to a letter Curtice sent to school board members Wednesday morning.

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"While I am grateful and content to be superintendent here in Moffat County School District, Montrose offers a prospect of an expanded professional opportunity and experience," Curtice said in the letter.

Curtice also noted that he spent 23 years in Delta County School District, which neighbors Montrose County, prior to coming to Moffat County.

Board member Darrell Camilletti learned of the news via the Montrose Daily Press Wednesday morning, but said he wasn't surprised.

"I wish him the best in securing the position," Camilletti said.

Camilletti has publicly challenged many of Curtice's recommendations, particularly in regards to the district's budget, over the last several months.

"I question a lot and I think I've validated everything I've questioned. It's compelling facts, it's not compelling opinion. You know, I do have my own opinion but the facts are the facts," Camilletti said.

School district parent Jobeth Tupa, who weighed in against funding the iPad initiative at Monday night's school board work session, was upset when she learned of the news.

"How dare he ask us to spend $634,000 dollars on things we can’t afford and not even plan to stick around," Tupa said. "I feel it’s very, very misleading."

Curtice said he still believes in his vision for the school district and believes the district is moving the right direction.

"We have heard of the dire need for resources for teachers and for kids. That work continues to be at the forefront of our work going forward," Curtice said. "I'm very, very pleased to be the superintendent in Craig, Colorado and if not selected, will give my energy, enthusiasm and passion to Craig like I have every day."

The Montrose County school board should make its final selection by July 1, according to Curtice's letter.

Curtice said he would go to Montrose if offered the position.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.