The head of Summit County’s only independent middle and high school has resigned.
Rebekah Jordan, who founded The Peak School, said Wednesday, May 21, that she made the decision because professional, family and personal obligations all coincided.
The students are “really the ones who we need to be thinking of first,” she said. “The board is very actively moving forward in the transition and committed to the philosophy and the direction of the school.”
In a letter to the Peak community, she wrote that the decision did not come easily.
“I feel an incredible amount of pride in the work we have done and appreciation for every person who has given their time, energy, love and commitment to Peak. I will continue to give my full dedication to Peak through June 30, and then continue to provide support, consulting and guidance for as long as the board chooses to have me involved beyond that date.”
Chris Renner, president of the board, also has stepped down and could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
“We’re sad that Rebekah’s leaving, but it’s an exciting time as well,” said Carol Craig, a member of the school’s board of trustees, Tuesday, citing the school’s growth and its building renovations.
The Peak School opened in 2012 in the original Breckenridge schoolhouse with 23 students and joined the Coalition of Essential Schools, a network of hundreds of progressive schools. In 2013, the school moved to its current location at 40 W. Main St. in Frisco and doubled its student body to 47 students.
The Peak School is made up of Division I, which typically corresponds to students in sixth and seventh grade, and Division II, which equates to eighth and ninth.
This fall, students will have the option to enter Division III, equal to grades 10 to 12, and the school expects to serve about 70 students. Renovations to the school building began this spring and should be completed before school resumes in August.
For 2014-15, the school will charge $14,585 per child for tuition and will serve grades 6 to 10. Jordan previously said about a quarter of current students receive some tuition assistance.
Two of the school’s seven teachers are also leaving. Humanities and Spanish teacher Dana Karin will pursue a doctorate degree at New York University, and humanities teacher Mike Ard will move out of the area.
The school is in the process of replacing Jordan and hiring new teachers.
After Renner’s resignation, three new members have joined the board of trustees, including former teacher Karin.
The other new members are John Vincze, global account director for the multinational enterprise software corporation SAP, and Dan Wolf, an attorney with Mountain Law Group and a Summit County resident for about 15 years.
Craig said the board is seeking new members, especially non-parents. It has eight members now, including two non-parents.
On Friday, May 16, admissions director and executive assistant Liz Wood said students, faculty members and parents came together around trays of blue and yellow paint to leave their mark on the school they are helping to build.
They painted handprints on a framed sheet of drywall, which will hang in the school’s new community room in August. They also left handprints on the interior framing of the new space, which will be covered by walls.
For the summer, the school will move into temporary storage units.
For more information, contact the school at (970) 368-5601 or email board member Carol Craig at email@example.com.