New Summit Cove principal resigns over certification questions
SUMMIT COVE – The recently hired principal of Summit Cove Elementary has resigned – six days before the school opens for the year.
Gregg Croff resigned Thursday, Summit Schools Superintendent Wes Smith said, “when questions arose related to irregularities regarding Mr. Croff’s application for employment and Montana certification.”
“He resigned rather than explain,” Smith said.
Croff was hired in May to replace principal Bonnie Brown, who opened the school six years ago and retired at the end of the school year.
Croff came from Hamilton, Mont., where he was a school principal for 17 years and a teacher prior to that. The Montana Office of Public Instruction, which certifies school teachers and administrators in the state, was closed Thursday when the Summit Daily News learned of the resignation.
Croff’s wife, Debra, also was hired by the school district as an elementary gifted-and-talented teacher. Smith said her employment status had not changed as of Thursday.
Smith said Ann Clement, retired principal of Breckenridge Elementary School, former Douglas County school principal and former director of the Mountain Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), was hired to act as an interim principal at Summit Cove until December. Clement recently completed a Ph.D. in education at the University of Colorado, Smith said.
“We are fortunate to have Ann in Summit County to assist us at this time,” Smith said. “Ann is an exceptionally qualified administrator who is familiar with the community.”
Smith said the school board would decide how to address a permanent replacement in the next couple weeks. Smith announced two weeks ago that Clement would serve as a mentor to recently appointed Upper Blue Elementary School interim principal Amanda “Amy” McMullen. Clement is committed to the mentoring role, Smith said.
McMullen was appointed after principal John Youngquist resigned at the end of July to take a job as a Denver Public Schools area superintendent. Summit Middle School principal Mark Clark and vice-principal Carolyn Wolsiefer resigned from their administrative duties at the end of the school year to return to classrooms; both will be teaching at the middle school this year.
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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