BOCES selects Colorado Springs superintendent as next executive director |

BOCES selects Colorado Springs superintendent as next executive director

Paul McCarty has been chosen as Northwest Colorado BOCES new executive director.

— The Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services has named a Colorado Springs-area school district superintendent as its new executive director.

The BOCES board is negotiating a contract with Hanover School District Superintendent Paul E. McCarty, BOCES board President Brian Hoza announced to staff and member districts this week.

McCarty has been superintendent of the district since 2010 and is president of the Pikes Peak BOCES Superintendent’s Advisory Council.

He will replace outgoing Executive Director Amy Bollinger, who announced her resignation in January. Bollinger has been executive director since July 2013.

Hoza said there was unanimous agreement among board members to select McCarty, who had the best combination of supervisory and special education experience.

“He had a lot of experience of all levels of education,” Hoza said.

According to Hoza, McCarty has been a director/coordinator, principal, vice principal, program specialist and teacher in California and Colorado school districts.

McCarty, who will begin July 1, said he is looking forward to the new position.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to come to Steamboat and be a part of the BOCES and community,” McCarty said Thursday. “I’ve visited the area twice in the past month and a half and love the beauty of the area and the friendliness of the people I spoke to while walking around the town.”

McCarty said he is eager to help with coordinating the i3 Investing in Innovation Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

BOCES was selected in November as one of 26 organizations poised to receive a piece of the $130 million grant.

The organization is working to secure the last chunk of matching funding to receive the $2.9 million grant, which would fund an innovative professional development program helpful for rural teachers called SEED, or the System for Education Effectiveness Development program.

“Being part of a team that is a coordinating a select U.S. Department of Education grant and the only educational organization in the state to receive this will be a magnificent opportunity for the students and staff of the surrounding communities,” McCarty said. “I can’t wait to get started.”

McCarty has a bachelor of arts in history with minors in coaching and education, in addition to administrative service credentials, special education director licensure and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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