Poole resigns after 11 years
Hayden — Another principal is leaving Hayden.
Middle school Principal Colleen Poole resigned late last week after accepting the director position at the North Routt Community Charter School in Clark.
Her departure is another stage in a tumultuous summer marked by former Hayden High School Principal Nick Schafer’s resignation in May and Superintendent Scott Mader’s suspension last month.
Poole was not available for comment Tuesday, but she said last week that the opportunity to lead the community-based charter school in Clark was too good to pass up, even if it meant leaving close colleagues and friends in Hayden.
Poole, who lives in Clark, served as the middle school principal for 11 years.
“We’re disappointed to lose her, but it wasn’t a surprise because we knew it was an opportunity that was well-suited for her,” School Board member Brian Hoza said.
During her time with the district, Poole helped implement internal testing to monitor students’ progress as well as a reading program that helped raise the students’ standardized test scores, acting superintendent Mike Luppes said.
Poole’s resignation has the School Board scrambling to determine whether the person hired to replace Schafer will run both the middle and high schools.
“Any decision is going to impact posting other positions and putting them in place. Days are critical this stage of the game,” Hoza said.
The board had hoped to meet today to review administrator scenarios and give the public an opportunity to comment, but members were unable to coordinate their schedules.
The issue will be discussed at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting in a week.
The board is leaning toward having one principal lead both schools, with the help of an assistant principal focused primarily on the middle school, School Board President Kurt Frentress said.
“With our numbers down, we thought it was a good time to look at combining two positions,” he said, noting that Hayden is probably the smallest school district in the state to have three principals.
A committee comprised of School Board members, staff, parents and students completed interviews with five candidates for the high school principal position last week.
“They have been told it’s very possible it could be a sixth through 12 position,” Luppes said.
The committee offered the job to one candidate early this week and is awaiting that person’s acceptance, he said.
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