Steamboat Springs School District hires new director of finance and operations |

Steamboat Springs School District hires new director of finance and operations

— The Steamboat Springs School District has hired a former Moffat County School District administrator as its next director of finance and operations.

Mark Rydberg was the director of finance for the Moffat County School District from 2007 to 2012, before taking a position as director of business services at the Summit County School District.

He’ll leave Summit County for the new position in Steamboat, which begins July 1.

“I’m looking forward to not only professionally joining a top-notch school district, but moving to a great community,” said Rydberg, who previously lived in Steamboat from 2002 to 2007. “It’s an excellent school district and an excellent community.”

Rydberg’s starting base salary will be $117,847, based on the district’s 2014-15 administrative salary schedule, which could change in the coming months.

Rydberg replaces outgoing Director of Finance and Operations Dale Mellor, who has resigned from his position, effective the end of June.

Mellor moved away from Steamboat in March and has been telecommuting to work and flying in for select meetings while the district has been looking for his permanent replacement.

Superintendent Brad Meeks said that Rydberg was selected from a pool of 14 applicants, five of which were selected for interviews.

Meeks said Rydberg had the right combination of relevant school finance experience, knowledge of the state funding formula and experience working with bond measures.

“We felt very confident we would be able to find a strong person, and I think we did in Mark,” Meeks said.

While working in Craig, Rydberg helped oversee a $29.5 million bond issue that paid for a new Craig Middle School and facilities upgrades throughout the district.

Previous to working in school finance, Rydberg had over 10 years of private sector finance experience, including in the finance department at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

Rydberg said he’s looking forward to returning to Steamboat Springs.

“I have a little bit of the curse of the Yampa Valley in me,” he said.

Rydberg has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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

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