Durango educator named Hayden superintendent | SteamboatToday.com

Durango educator named Hayden superintendent

Christie Bloomquist

— Hayden School District’s new superintendent Christie Bloomquist says she quickly learned that this community was the right fit.

“What attracted me to Hayden was the small town community and what they had to offer,” Bloomquist said.

Bloomquist won over the school board and will start her new job July 1.

“We just really were pleased with her experience and preparation for the position,” school board president Brian Hoza said.

Bloomquist earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction in 2016 from Utah State University. It has been a career goal to become a superintendent.

She has held numerous positions since joining the Durango School District as a teacher in 1994.

Most recently, she was the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment as well as a data specialist.

Bloomquist considers her experience in curriculum development as a strength, and it was an attribute the school board was seeking.

“We’re excited to bring these assets to Hayden,” Hoza said.

Bloomquist said one of her biggest challenges will be growing the school system and retaining students.

“It’s important to sustain that enrollment,” Bloomquist said.

Another challenge will be education funding.

“I really look forward to working with the school board and the teachers on providing first-quality instruction and increasing that student achievement,” Bloomquist said. “The challenge will always be school finance within the state of Colorado … but I try to focus on things that I can control with the teachers and the students.”

To help meet the goal of growing the school district, the district is pursuing a grant that would pay the majority of the cost for new facilities. Hoza said the district hopes to hear by May whether it received the grant.

“We’re anxious to see how that works out,” Hoza said.

If Hayden receives the grant, the school board will then have to ask voters to approve additional tax dollars.

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