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State’s board approves finalist for commissioner of education

Colorado’s State Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, to announce a finalist for its commissioner of education vacancy.

Richard Crandall, 48, was selected from a field of 65 applicants for the role following interviews with he and four other candidates. The responsibilities of the commissioner had been filled on an interim basis by Elliot Asp, former special assistant to Commissioner Robert Hammond, after Hammond retired in June.

“Richard impressed the entire board with his in-depth knowledge of education policy and demonstrated expertise in bringing together diverse interests to collectively solve complex problems,” Steve Durham, chairman of the board, in a news release. “I’m confident that he is the right person to lead our state as we continue to work to improve achievement for all students and take full advantage of the new opportunities for flexibility and innovation created by the new Every Student Succeeds Act.”

State law requires a two-week waiting period after the announcement of finalists before the board can formally appoint the chosen party. Should the process wrap up as expected, Crandall could start as early as mid January.

Crandall has had a lengthy tenure in public education. He most recently comes from Wyoming, appointed by the governor as head of the state’s department of education in 2013. However, Wyoming’s supreme court ultimately ruled that position unconstitutional.

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Before that, Crandall was a state legislator in Arizona, where he served as chairman of the education committees in both the state Senate and House. He was an Arizona state representative from 2007-10 before becoming a state senator from 2011-13. He also served as a school board member and president of Arizona’s largest school district, Mesa Public Schools.

In the news release, Angelika Schroeder, the Colorado board’s vice chair, called Crandall “a high-energy, dynamic problem-solver with excellent experience as a policy maker and executive.” He received a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting from Brigham Young University before obtaining a master’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame. Crandall is also presently working toward his doctorate in education from Northern Arizona University.

Crandall is a licensed school nutrition specialist and certified public accountant. He currently acts as the founder and president of CN Resource, an auditing service of USDA child nutrition programs for state education agencies. Crandall is also the CFO and a partner in Crandall Corporate Dietitians, the nation’s largest provider of consultant dietician services for long-term care and assisted-living facilities.

Spring registration underway at CMC

Registration for Colorado Mountain College’s spring semester has begun, with classes starting Jan. 18.

To sign up for credit courses, new students and those who haven’t taken a class during the past three semesters need to first apply to CMC online or in person at one of the college’s 11 locations: Aspen, Breckenridge, Buena Vista, Carbondale, Dillon, Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Spring Valley and Steamboat Springs, with classes also offered in Parachute and Salida. After applying, students can register for classes.

Students only taking continuing education (non-credit) classes, or those who have taken a credit class within the past three semesters do not need to reapply to CMC. These students may register for courses online or in person. They may also do so by phone, fax or email:

Spring class schedules were mailed throughout CMC’s district the last week of November. Printed copies are also available at campuses, and flipbooks are online at Click on your campus and go to the Class Schedule link.

Registration instructions and more information are available online at, by visiting any CMC campus, or by calling 1-800-621-8559.

Summit places in statewide investment simulation program

Summit High School had two teams place in the Colorado Council for Economic Education’s fall semester Stock Market Experience.

In this statewide, real-world investing initiative for grades 3-12, students learn many skills, including how the economic system works, conducting research and strengthening analytical abilities, applying advanced math, reading and writing, and learning academic concepts that relate to core curriculum and the new Personal Finance literacy standards.

Summit High School placed second and third in the Northwest region with the top group of the two ending with a 170-percent gain over two-and-a-half months. The state’s overall winner, Platte Valley High School, finished with 270-percent gain in that same time frame. Buena Vista High School took top honors in the Northwest region, and Summit placed second, third, fourth and fifth regionally out of 114 squads.

Summit’s performance was also good for five teams placing in the top 50 out of 2,924 total teams. This was the Summit School District’s first time participating in the program, and Summit High computer science teacher Rick Karden looks forward to future competitions.

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