South Routt schools will have new leaders |

South Routt schools will have new leaders

— Both South Routt Elementary School and Soroco middle and high schools will see new leadership as early as this summer, following the resignation of one principal and a change in position for another.

Soroco Middle School and Soroco High School Principal Jenifer Hufman has submitted her resignation following the end of the fiscal year on June 30. She is pursuing leadership opportunities outside South Routt, according to a statement from Superintendent Darci Mohr.

South Routt Elementary Principal Raylene Olinger is leaving the elementary school to become the district assessment coordinator and teach at Soroco Middle School, where she previously taught science.

Olinger has been in the district since 2007 and became principal of the elementary school in 2010.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to thank both principals, Mrs. Hufman and Mrs. Olinger, for their dedication and hard work as strong leaders in South Routt RE-3,” Mohr said.

The formal actions will be presented to the school board at its April 21 meeting.

Mohr said that an upcoming hiring process for the schools’ new leaders will include input from students, staff, parents and the community.

“Knowledge of and experience with the board’s goal of academic excellence will be the key factor in determining our future school leaders,” Mohr said. “We must move into the future with a renewed sense of urgency, setting even higher expectations for every student and for our system as a whole. I am confident our hardworking, dedicated staff will make this transition to new leadership seamless for our students, parents and community.”

Students, business owners, parents or community members interested in participating in the principal selection and hiring process can contact Lori Lombardi at 970-736-2313 or in the superintendent’s office as soon as possible, specifying which school’s hiring process they are interested in being involved with.

Staff will be notified of their participation in this process at staff meetings after spring break, Mohr said.

All requests may not be accommodated, but administration hopes to gather a representative group for the process, Mohr added.

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

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