As you know, Dr. Foster is retiring at the end of this school year and we are engaged in a search for a new superintendent. Today, we are pleased to announce the finalists for the role. We hope you will come meet these candidates at a Community Forum on Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m at the Weld RE-5J Administration Building ( 110 Centennial Dr A, Milliken, CO 80543 ) , East Training Room . Please note this location has been updated from an earlier communication due to a scheduling conflict at RHS.
Leslie Arnold is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives in the Boulder Valley School District which serves approximately 30,000 students and 56 school sites. She has 31 years of experience in education in which time she has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent. She also spent 12 years as a senior-level executive in the private education sector. Ms. Arnold has served as an assistant superintendent for the past six years.
Margaret Crespo is currently the Chief Academic Officer in the Thompson R2-J School District which serves nearly 16,300 students and 42 school sites. She has 27 years of experience in education in which time she has served as a teacher, high school principal, middle school principal, adjunct university faculty member , and school district administrator. In addition to her current role, she has served as the director of secondary services and executive director of secondary in Thompson R2-J over the past eight years. Ms. Crespo is a fully bilingual Spanish speaker.
Tracey A. Kinney, Ed. D. is currently the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction for Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne, Wyoming which serves more than 14,000 students and 35 school sites. She has 28 years of experience in education in which time she has served as a teacher, elementary principal, high school principal, athletic director, curriculum and assessment director, adjunct university faculty member, educational consultant, and interim superintendent. Dr. Kinney has served as an assistant superintendent for the past 15 years.
Patrick Antony (Tony) O’Brien is currently the superintendent of Newcastle Public Schools in Newcastle, Oklahoma which serves 2,100 students and four school sites. He has 32 years of experience in education in which time he has served as a teacher, athletic director, principal, and coach. He also served in higher education as the VP of Admin Affairs and Director of Teacher Education for Mid-America Christian University for over a decade. Mr. O’Brien has served as a school district superintendent for the past 13 years.
What happens next?
Finalists will be participating in a series of events and interviews in the district April 27 and 28 including a Community Forum on Friday, April 27 from 7-9 p.m at the Weld RE-5J Administration Building (110 Centennial Dr A, Milliken, CO 80543), East Training Room. This event will also be Livestreamed.
On May 3, 2018 the board hopes to announce a sole finalist for the permanent superintendent position.
We are excited to present for your consideration four incredibly talented finalists. We hope you will accept our invitation to get to know these candidates by attending the April 27 Community Forum.