Bishop likely to take helm

Former assistant principal may fill middle school position

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— Although summer is a difficult time to fill shoes in the school district, former Steamboat Springs Middle School Assistant Principal Tim Bishop likely will step in to take over as the interim principal.

It has been recommended to the school board that Bishop take over as principal but school board members will make the final decision when they convene Aug. 13.

Applications for interim principal were due to the school district office by July 6. Bishop was the only applicant.

Bishop has been assistant principal at the middle school since 1999.

Bishop went through a thorough interview process with Superintendent Cyndy Simms, the administrative team and a panel of parents and teachers from the middle school.

The administrative team consists of current principals and assistant principals in the school district.

The teacher panel consisted of Brad Kindred, Lisa Ruff, Sally Howard, Cheri Daschle and Steve Schibline. The parent panel consisted of John Centner, Paul Epley and Kathy Krause.

When the public got word that Sandy Hall was resigning her position as principal, Simms said she hoped Bishop would step up to the plate.

"He has that opportunity, so I hope he does," Simms said of Bishop applying.

Hall has taken a position as superintendent of the Mountain Valley School District in Saguache.

Ruff, an English and French teacher at the middle school, said when the panels met Monday, the staff was thoroughly impressed by Bishop's background and knows he will bring positive qualities to the middle school.

Bishop was a middle and high school teacher and coach in Elbert prior to moving to Steamboat. He is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in history, and he completed a master's degree in educational administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix in 1999.

Bishop recently completed a weeklong training program, "The Art and Craft of the Principalship," from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

"We were all surprised and saddened that Sandy left, (but) it left the opening," Ruff said. "He was the name on everyone's list. It was a unanimous decision by all."

Ruff said the teaching staff felt they had the best candidate right now, although a national search will continue in November for a full-time principal.

Simms said Bishop will serve as an interim principal for the 2001-2002 school year and the school district will begin advertising nationally for a full-time principal for the 2002-2003 school year. Simms said Bishop has the opportunity to apply again for the full-time position in November.

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