Principal of Avon charter school resigns
Vail, CO Colorado
AVON, Colorado – Nearly 20 Stone Creek Charter School teachers and staff sent out a letter Friday assuring parents that teachers are still dedicated to their children’s education.
The letter was a response to news that Katherine Lange, the school’s principal, had resigned Thursday to take a job with the Eagle County School District as assistant principal at Brush Creek Elementary School.
“She was an excellent educator and accomplished a lot of things,” said Ron Wolfe, a Stone Creek Charter School board member and the mayor of Avon.
Wolfe said the board members were disappointed Lange resigned before they could work with her more.
“We’re kind of disappointed she took the other offer,” Wolfe said. “We wish it would have worked out some other way.”
Lange was principal at Stone Creek for just one year after replacing Betsy Hill, the principal for the school’s first two years. The board hired Hill for a two-year position as principal because she knew she wanted to retire after that, Molina said.
Lange had been Hill’s number two during that time, essentially training to take over when Hill left, he said. Lange had never been an assistant principal or principal before coming to Stone Creek, he said.
So now, in the school’s fourth year, the board is looking for its third principal. Molina said they’re looking for the most qualified candidate, and hope they can fill the position with someone who already lives in the valley.
“We think there are potentially a lot of quality (candidates) here,” he said.
Stone Creek Charter School is not part of the Eagle County School District, so it operates under its own curriculum and standards. Funding comes from the state, a materials fee paid by parents, donations and fundraisers.
Wolfe said he hopes the school’s independence from an umbrella, bureaucratic organization like a school district will attract some creative applicants.
Since Stone Creek is a stand-alone school, a principal could come in and bring new ideas to the board, Wolfe said. Molina agreed the school’s autonomy should be an attractive part of being principal there.
“We have the agility to be able to take some chances,” Molina said.
If the board doesn’t find the right candidate by the start of the fall school year, it will keep on looking until it does, Molina said.
“It’s absolutely key we find the right person to fill this position,” he said.
The board hasn’t met yet to decide who would serve as an interim principal if that happens, he said.
In the letter to parents, teachers said they’re “collaborating together to ensure that Stone Creek Charter School maintains a stimulating educational atmosphere for your child.”
The curriculum at the school is called Core Knowledge curriculum, meaning students build on what they’ve learned from year to year. That’s why parents shouldn’t worry about any kind of shake-up due to Lange’s resignation, he said.
“The curriculum is already in place – it’s already established,” Molina said.
Interested applicants for Stone Creek Charter School’s principal position should send their resumes to P.O. Box 5670, Avon, 81620, or e-mail RMolina@stonecreekschool.org.
Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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