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Edwards principal resigns

Pam Holmes Boyd

Linda Schreiner, principal of Edwards Elementary School, has submitted her resignation.

Assistant superintendent John Brendza Thursday confirmed Schreiner1s resignation, but declined to discuss her reasons for leaving, saying that discussion should involve Schreiner, who notified her staff on Wednesday.

The principal did not return repeated calls seeking comment.



Schreiner1s departure, effective at the end of the current semester, will not be official, however, until the Eagle County School Board acts on the matter in April, Brendza said.

Schreiner took over as principal at Edwards Elementary two years ago, succeeding Annette Ontiveros, who went to Red Hill Elementary School in Gypsum.



Earlier this year, Schreiner was embroiled in a controversy concerning a School Accountability Report 3corrections sheet² she assembled and sent to parents. Examination of the corrections sheet determined the document was incorrect in terms of both information and procedure.

Parents received the document this fall rather than an official, state-produced accountability report. The corrections sheet was prepared by Schreiner to address what she believed was a large error in the reporting of test results for the Colorado Student Assessment Program, or CSAP. Schreiner acted independently of the school district1s administration in both preparing and distributing the report.

While Schreiner1s actions were subject of intense debate for a few weeks, the Colorado Department of Education acknowledged there was no disciplinary action proscribed for her actions. The issue subsequently faded away, with school district officials pledging that the experience would not be repeated. Schreiner1s actions, however, did prompt the state established a specific procedure to deal with districts in which administrators believed their scores were incorrectly reported.



3All school districts in the State of Colorado must follow the Department of Education regulations,² said Superintendent Dr. Mel Preusser at the time. 3When we became aware of the notice that was sent out to the community, our staff began investigating the details of the data included in the notice. It appears the Edwards Elementary action was a technical violation of the statute.²

Schreiner is the second local elementary school principal to resign this spring. Last month Linda Easthouse of Avon Elementary School announced she would be leaving the area at the end of the current semester, citing health reasons.

Brendza said the district has posted both openings and has already received a number of applications.


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