South Routt School District names new superintendent |

South Routt School District names new superintendent

Teresa Ristow
A South Routt School District bus travels through Stagecoach.

— South Routt School District’s next superintendent is Rim Watson, the school’s current assessment coordinator.

The South Routt Board of Education voted Tuesday night in favor of hiring Watson, who began working in the district in August, as new superintendent, and the board is in the process of negotiating a two-year contract with him.

The details of the contract, including Watson’s salary, are expected to be approved by the board at its April meeting, according to current superintendent Darci Mohr.

“I really, really appreciate this opportunity that the board’s giving me, and I look forward to working with the leadership team in place,” Watson said Wednesday.

Watson, who lives in Avon, began his career as an elementary physical education teacher and was also a special education teacher before becoming an administrator. He was most recently principal of the 240-student Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey, a rural community about an hour southwest of Denver.

Watson was one of three current district employees considered as part of internal search for a superintendent to replace outgoing district leader Mohr, who will have served the district for three years.

Other candidates were current Yampa Elementary School Principal Randy Foster and current Soroco High/Middle School Principal George Purnell.

Mohr said Wednesday she though Watson would do “an awesome job” in the position.

Board of Education President Jules Palyo could not be reached for comment for this story.

Watson said he was looking forward to continuing to work with existing school leaders to improve the district’s performance.

“We are becoming a data-based district, respecting the research and trying to perfect the professional learning community process,” Watson said.

Watson said he has so far enjoyed working in the South Routt School District.

“We have the type of students here that make people want to be teachers,” he said. “We have great kids here and competent, hardworking teachers.”

Watson also thanked Mohr for her work with the district during her tenure.

“Her competence, work ethic and willingness to lead, often in private ways, has put this district on the path towards greatness for our students,” he said.

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