Help wanted at schools

Teaching, administrative and support staff positions still open


— The first day of the 2007-08 school year is five weeks away, and Steamboat Springs School District officials continue to look to fill openings at the school and district levels.

At the district level, Superintendent Donna Howell said a top priority is to fill the open grant writer position, which was vacated in May when Lane Malone resigned to become the director of development at the Lowell Whiteman School.

"We hire the grant writer, but the position provides services to the Hayden School District and the South Routt District as well," Howell said. "So I will coordinate with those two superintendents about the hiring process."

Howell said she hasn't looked at the updated list of applicants, but she hopes to conduct interviews early next week so the position can be filled before the beginning of the school year.

"We didn't have a large candidate pool, and that is why we haven't interviewed yet," she said Monday.

Howell said Malone was instrumental in the South Routt School District's receipt of $1.5 million in Colorado Department of Education grants to be used toward new heating and boiler systems at South Routt Elementary School and Soroco High School and Middle School in Oak Creek.

"She also did three large projects (for the Steamboat Springs School District) - the comprehensive health grant, she wrote a regional grant for security and safety," Howell said. "Also, she spearheaded a (Colorado) Department of Human Services grant to provide access to some resources to meet the needs of students and families in the community to help with the process for students who have been expelled to work their way back into the schools."

Howell said principals are responsible for hiring at the school level, but the district has guidelines for hiring to ensure a committee is established to review all applicants.

"You also have the Teacherinsight Web site assessment, you have the actual interview, you look back on their background and experience as it relates to a particular position that needs to be filled," she said about the hiring process.

As of Monday, nine positions remain unfilled at Steamboat Springs High School, including openings for French and math teachers.

Other high school openings include a moderate needs teacher, a full-time and part-time custodian and coaching positions for cheerleading, track, cross country, speech and girls basketball.

"I've talked with (high school Principal Mike Knezevich), and he has been working to get those filled," she said.

Knezevich was unavailable for comment Monday on the status of the unfilled positions.

Steamboat Springs Middle School and Soda Creek Elementary School are fully staffed, while positions remain open at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Howell said the Strawberry Park jobs should be filled quickly once the school's new principal, Brenda Smith Barr, comes on board.

Positions at Strawberry Park include a part-time Montessori aide, an office manager and a part-time custodian.

At the district level, positions are available for special education teachers and aides, substitute teachers, substitute paraprofessionals and a payroll manager.


lanemalone 9 years, 9 months ago

Please allow me to set the record straight. The July 17th article in "Steamboat Today", under the headline, "Help Wanted at Schools", incorrectly gave me credit for helping South Routt School District secure $1.5 million in Colorado Department of Education (CDE) grants to be used toward new heating and boiler systems at South Routt Elementary School and Soroco High School and Middle School in Oak Creek. When I was the Grant Writer for the Routt County School Districts (a position supported by the Education Fund through the half cent sales tax), I enjoyed working with Kelly Reed, South Routt School District Superintendent, on a Department of Locals Affairs grant to fund construction of the new South Routt Preschool. However, I gave notice of my resignation in April 2007 was not involved in any way in the South Routt School District's pursuit of funding to replace their heating and boiler systems. Based on what I know about the application requirements of large government grants, Kelly Reed clearly put in a lot of time and effort to secure those funds for the district. He should be thanked and congratulated.

The "Help Wanted at Schools" article also stated that I "spearheaded" a Department of Human Services grant to help support at-risk youth and their families. I am indeed a strong proponent of services and interagency collaboration in support of positive youth development, especially as demonstrated by Partners in Routt County, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, First Impressions and the Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation's Youth Advocacy Project. But truthfully, it is Bob White, Director of Routt County Human Services, who has really been doing all the heavy lifting to apply for the grant described in the newspaper article. His efforts support collaboration between numerous non-profit organizations and government agencies, including the public schools.

As the Grant Writer for the Routt County School Districts during 2006-2007, I regularly had numerous projects underway concurrently for all three districts, so a certain amount of confusion about the details between districts is understandable. I appreciated Donna Howell's kind words in the article. It was a privilege to work with her, as well as with Kelly Reed, Mike Luppes (Superintendent of the Hayden School District) and the many dedicated administrators and educators in Routt County.

Let's give credit where credit is due. If you see Kelly Reed or Bob White around town, take an extra minute to say thanks. We are very fortunate to live in an area where there are many people working hard to support healthy youth and healthy communities.

Lane Malone Director of Development Lowell Whiteman School


JQPUBLIC 9 years, 9 months ago

How refreshing, actually giving credit where credit is due. There are people out there that made their "fame" by taking full credit for the completion of projects that were brought about by the hard work of others.

Lane, I'm sure you made someone feel appreciated today!


SteamboatJoe 9 years, 9 months ago

She was a great asset to our district and she will be missed. Her replacement has huge shoes to fill.


Matthew7_1_5 9 years, 9 months ago

Joe, it seems that your anger is directed toward specific people. What have they done to hurt you? Why are you hurting them?


SteamboatJoe 9 years, 9 months ago

Matthew should focus on Matthew but at least he is fun........

Mission complete Matthew! I am saved! I hate everybody now! Are you happy?! he he


JQPUBLIC 9 years, 9 months ago

bikegirl... matthew7 is down on Joe in other posts, either he/she doesn't read closely or wants to know why joe likes malone and not some others.


bikegirl 9 years, 9 months ago

JQ-I've noticed that matthew7 is on a mission to save Joe's soul this week.


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