Strawberry Park Elementary School Principal Brenda Barr is leaving the district to take a position with the Colorado Department of Education at the end of the month, district officials confirmed Monday.
Barr has been hired as state social studies supervisor for the statewide education department and will move from Steamboat Springs to Denver at the end of September.
Superintendent Shalee Cunningham called the move "quite a promotion," and said she was in discussions to find an interim principal.
Cunningham said an in-house interim principal would be announced later this week. She said that person would serve until a full-time replacement can be found.
Barr was hired at the beginning of the 2007-08 school year to replace Mark MacHale, who served two years before becoming superintendent of the Dolores School District. Before MacHale's term, School Board member John DeVincentis was the school's principal for 21 years.
Barr said she accepted the new job for a variety of reasons.
"I just had personal and professional reasons for moving in that direction," she said.
"It's a double-edged sword moving in that direction, too," she said, because she has enjoyed working at Strawberry Park.
Barr's new job will entail revising statewide social studies standards and improving social studies education.
Barr attended the Steamboat Springs School Board's meeting Monday night but did not address the board about her resignation. The board is expected to accept her resignation letter at its next meeting.
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