SSHS makes hire

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Kevin Taulman, who has worked in education for the past 10 years, has been hired as the assistant principal of Steamboat Springs High School.

Taulman said he is excited to come to Steamboat Springs to be a part of what he calls the district's excellent school system.

"My goal is to be a part of the administrative team and to contribute to the success that has already been established," Taulman said.

Taulman is replacing Mike Knezevich, who recently was named high school principal. Principal Dave Schmid is retiring this year.

For the past two years, Taulman has been the principal of a school of 180 students in Milledgeville, Ill. Before that, he was dean of students for a year at a school of 1,600 students. He also has taught classes as a full-time and substitute teacher.

He comes to Steamboat with his wife and two sons, and he said he is looking forward to living in a small town that offers a lot of opportunities.

The School Board voted to hire Taulman at its Monday meeting. Taulman will begin at the end of July. His annual salary will be $75,195.

"We're very excited about having him as part of the administrative team," Super-intendent Donna Howell said. "He brings some good experience and talent that will complement the leadership at the high school."

Knezevich and Taulman will be a "good team," she said.

Also new to the district is grant writer Susan Gariepy, who is replacing Lynne Myers. Gariepy has 13 years of experience teaching English and has experience writing grants, Howell said.

"She has the talents and the characteristics that are needed to succeed in a position that requires a lot of research, writing and coordinating," Howell said.

The grant writer position works with the Steamboat Springs School District as well as with the South Routt and Hayden school districts.

Gariepy's annual salary will be $49,214, which is paid by the Education Fund Board. As much as $80,000 has been budgeted for the grant writer, including benefits and some travel expenses.

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