Kastberg to leave Summit schools | SummitDaily.com

Kastberg to leave Summit schools

Summit Daily file photo/Jim Pokrandt Assistant superintendent Peggy Kastberg, left, is leaving Summit School District to take a position in Jefferson County schools.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit School District will undergo yet another leadership transition at the completion of the 2004-2005 school year.District assistant superintendent Peg Kastberg will leave her post in the organization’s central offices to take a job as one of six community superintendents in Jefferson County Public Schools.Kastberg joins Summit High School principal Frank Mencin and Breckenridge Elementary principal Rebecca Wilson, who will also be abdicating their positions this summer.”I certainly have mixed emotions about leaving Summit School District,” Kastberg said. “I will miss the friendships, guidance and support I received over the years.”

In her new role in Jeffco, Kastberg will oversee about 25 schools with 10,000 to 15,000 total students in the Lakewood, Alameda and Green Mountain areas.”She had all of the things we were looking for,” said Jeffco superintendent Cindy Stevenson. “She really has a rich background, and her personality came through as very positive in the interviews.”Kastberg has held the assistant superintendent position since March, 2004. She has also served as Summit School District’s director of special programs and as Summit High School’s co-principal.”Peggy is able to juggle so many different projects and keep everything going,” said superintendent Millie Hamner. “She’s definitely a people person.”Some of Kastberg’s notable accomplishments in the district include the creation of the Twilight Alternative Education Program and the infant/toddler center at Summit High School for district employees and teen parents.

The Twilight program recruits students who have dropped out of high school and gives them individualized instruction so they can complete their graduation requirements. The program has served about 25 students since its founding last school year, and by next month, five will have graduated.”There wouldn’t be a Twilight program without Peggy,” said Twilight’s director Bill Baker. “It was really her leadership that made it a reality and it’s kept growing. There were some nail-biting times, but she never once suggested that maybe this wasn’t a good idea. She had faith in the students and in the people who really wanted to make this work for the students.”Hamner has not yet discussed filling Kastberg’s position with the Summit Board of Education, but she expects to reshuffle the district administration structure once Kastberg leaves.”I really need a director of curriculum and programs,” Hamner said. “We need to do a lot of work with curriculum development and alignment that we haven’t had the chance to do, because the assistant superintendent position has carried so many other responsibilities.

“We’ll be looking at some ways to spread some of those duties across roles at the central office, adding responsibilities to other people,” Hamner added.Hamner hopes to fill the void with an existing Summit School District employee.”When the position becomes official, I think we will hire from within,” Hamner said. “We have the talent right here in the district – highly qualified people who have a knowledge of our programs.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 203 or jsutor@summitdaily.com.

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