Upper Blue principal is superintendent finalist | SummitDaily.com

Upper Blue principal is superintendent finalist

Special to the Daily/Shelly Flavell

Three superintendent finalists were identified this week by Summit School District’s Board of Education.

One candidate is local, one is from Colorado and the other is from across the country.

Kerry Buhler, currently the principal of Upper Blue Elementary School in Breckenridge, said she is excited to be selected as a finalist. She believes she can emphasize a philosophy she’s fostered in her building, that every child counts – and encourage teachers and children to have high expectations of themselves and others.

Hailing from Colorado Springs, Heidi Pace is currently the deputy superintendent of Academy School District 20. And Joel Ritchie is the zone superintendent for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, N.C.

“To be honest, all three are exceptional,” School Board president Jon Kreamelmeyer said. “I think all three would do an excellent job leading the district. They all bring unique experiences and I think it’s a matter of fit – that we get the candidate that fits what our needs are.”

Kreamelmeyer said narrowing down the candidates from semi-finalists to finalists was a process in and of itself.

“Even on the short list of three, I could easily add a few more… I was pleased with the quality of all the candidates that applied,” he said.

Board members will continue the selection process following next week’s winter break. The process will resume with more interviews and meetings with various groups such as the administrative team, central office staff, teachers, support staff, parents, students and community members.

Kreamelmeyer said he aims to get feedback from personnel and community members to help make a decision of who fits.

He believes the board will be unanimously behind whoever is picked.

“I feel really comfortable on the three finalists,” he said. “Now it’s going to be up to the board to choose.”

A decision should be made by the middle of March.

To learn more about the search process, visit http://bit.ly/eeQpmo.

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