South Routt finalizes leader |

South Routt finalizes leader

Mader signs contract as new superintendent of schools

Zach Fridell

— The South Routt School Board finalized contract negotiations to hire Scott Mader as superintendent of schools, board President Tim Corrigan said Tuesday.

After selecting Mader from a field of four finalists June 18, School Board members voted 6-1 to approve Mader’s contract and hire the former Hayden superintendent Monday. Mader begins work for the South Routt School District on July 1. He received a two-year contract worth $95,790 in its first year, with a clause for an automatic renewal.

“It just feels like I’m coming home,” Mader said. “This is the right place for me. I love Routt County.”

Mader served as superintendent of Hayden schools from 1998 to 2004 before moving to Denver, where he worked for the Colorado Department of Education for one year before becoming principal of The New America School.

South Routt School District Business Manager Dina Murray said Mader was chosen over the four other finalists because interview teams felt he would complement the district’s needs.

“It really came down to the leadership styles that were portrayed through the interview process and what each of the groups thought would fit the staff and the issues this district is dealing with right now,” she said.

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The four finalists, chosen from a field of six applicants, included Mader; former Steamboat Springs High School Principal Dave Schmid; Kevin Chalfant, a high school principal in Peyton; and Dan Schmidt, a superintendent and principal in Idalia.

Mader explained that he tries to strike a balance between gathering input and making decisions everyone can live with.

“It’s a combination of really standing up there and being a leader and getting involvement from people and getting ideas and opinions from people,” he said.

One of his first priorities will be selecting a high school principal, he said. Interviews for candidates are being scheduled for next week.

Soroco Secondary Schools Principal James Chamberlin has accepted a position with East Grand schools, as the district’s newly created director of student achievement.

Superintendent Kelly Reed announced his resignation last month to take the position of principal at Redlands Middle School in Grand Junction, which is part of Mesa County Valley School District 51.

Mader also said he wants to create a long-term plan for facilities and transportation needs in the district.

“I have a sense that there needs to be a strategic plan in place,” he said.

Benefits in Mader’s contract will include health and dental benefits for him and his wife, as well as life insurance for Mader.

Mader’s family includes his wife, Tammie, and five sons; two at the University of Wyoming, one recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate, one freshman at Steamboat Springs High School and one first-grader.

At Monday’s meeting, the South Routt School Board also hired five other faculty and staff members: Lynn Laman, custodian; Rick Werremeyer, maintenance worker; Amy Gardiner, high school social studies teacher; Leesa Alkire, third-grade teacher; and Rachel Hier, elementary school paraprofessional.