Ulrich announces departure from Moffat County School District
In a surprise announcement, Superintendent David Ulrich shared to the Moffat County School District’s Board of Education late Thursday night at the monthly school board meeting that he is leaving Moffat County School District at the end of the school year.
Ulrich announced he is returning to Missouri to serve as the superintendent of the Kirkwood School District. Ulrich will continue in his role with the full confidence of the board through June 2020.
In his resignation to School Board President JoAnn Baxter, Ulrich wrote the following: “It is with mixed feelings that I submit this letter as notification of my resignation on 30 June, 2020. I have been named the superintendent of Kirkwood School District in the St. Louis area. I will begin there on 1 July, 2020. While I am excited to about this next chapter in my professional life, I am sad to be saying goodbye to the community.
“Amy and I have enjoyed our time here in Moffat County and we will miss the friends we’ve made. I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished over the past 4 years. We have focused on living our mission to educate and inspire students to succeed in an environment of change.
“I want to thank you and the MCSD Board of Education for this amazing opportunity. I want to thank all of you who have supported the great work that has occurred. I have every confidence that the positive momentum will continue.”
The move back to Missouri is something Ulrich and his wife knew they eventually wanted to do down the line in their careers.
“It’s something both my wife and I, when we moved here, we knew eventually we wanted to make our way back to Missouri,” Ulrich told the Craig Press. “We obviously didn’t know when that would happen, but in terms of happening now, it really did surround a unique set of opportunities.”
Ulrich said the process with Kirkwood School District started two weeks ago, and through the entire process he made sure to keep the school board updated along the way, so as to not catch them off guard.
According to Ulrich, Kirkwood School District has a little less than 6,000 students, which makes it a bit bigger than Moffat County.
For MCSD, a superintendent search will begin immediately. The school district’s goal is to name a new leader by the end of the school year with a start date of July 1, 2020.
In a statement on the school district’s website, the school board said, “we are focused on living our mission to educate and inspire students to succeed in an environment of change. In our search, we will be seeking a leader who will ensure that we continue on a positive path, guided by our strategic plan, toward providing exceptional academic programming and facilities for our students.”
At a special board meeting Monday afternoon at the administrative building, present board members voted to accept Ulrich’s resignation.
Ulrich addressed the board members in attendance, making sure to point out to Baxter and Jobeth Tupa – the two members still on the board who had a hand in hiring Ulrich four years ago.
“I can’t say enough about the opportunity you two gave me,” Ulrich said after the vote was complete.
Ulrich then addressed the rest of the board, singing the praises of the district.
“This is a desirable district to work for,” Ulrich said. “That starts with a good Board of Education that is committed to the process for continuous improvements. I know you’ll find the right person; I’m excited to see who he or she is. All I can say is thank you so much.”
Baxter told board members that the board will now begin working with the Colorado Association of School Boards to find the next replacement.
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