Steamboat School Board approves Lamansky for position

Steamboat’s new curriculum director to start Dec. 1

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Marty Lamansky

— The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night voted unanimously to accept Marty Lamansky as their school district’s new curriculum director.

Lamansky, currently Steamboat Springs High School’s assistant principal, will start his new role Dec. 1.

“I appreciate your approval, and I look forward to embarking on my new journey,” Lamansky told the School Board after the vote.

Steamboat Superintendent Brad Meeks said Lamansky rose to the top of the field of internal candidates for the position after he was interviewed last week by a committee that included teachers and principals from across the district.

“With Marty being a longtime employee of the district he obviously understands the community and the district, and he’ll be able to hit the ground running,” Meeks said.

Under the approved contract, Lamansky will serve as curriculum director until the end of this school year. Should he choose not to continue as curriculum director next school year or if the position is not renewed, Lamansky will have the option to return to the high school as assistant principal, his revised contract states.

Meeks said the district now is accepting applications for the assistant principal position that he hopes to have filled before Dec. 1.

Lamansky, who started in 1980 with the district as a teacher, will earn $90,732 this school year as the director of teaching and learning, and his salary will come from an estimated $300,000 increase in revenue the district is expecting to receive this year from an enrollment jump of 56 students.

As curriculum director he will oversee Steamboat’s English Language Learner teachers, Title 1 programs, special education teachers and staff development programs.

Board members praised Lamansky’s promotion after Monday’s vote.

“I think he has a great rapport with the teachers, and he’s spent a lot of time in the classroom as well as mentoring his coworkers,” board member Denise Connelly said.

She said Lamansky will work to address gaps in the district’s curriculum.

“We have areas where we have great results, and then some areas that are lagging behind,” she said, adding that the district this year failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress based on standardized test results. “I think we need someone who will have the overview of the entire district and be able to connect the dots and move us to the next level of instruction.”

New board members

The board on Monday also announced they will swear in their newly elected board members at a Nov. 14 meeting.

The board will swear former Steamboat Springs High School business teacher Rebecca Williams into the District 5 seat, financial information technology business founder Wayne Lemley into the District 2 seat and incumbent School Board President Robin Crossan into the District 4 seat she was first elected to in 2007. The board also will elect its officers at that meeting.

Newcomers Lemley and Williams on Monday night each also were given a copy of Richard E. Mayer’s “How not to be a Terrible School Board Member” to read as they prepare to step into their new roles.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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