Steamboat Springs Most students at Steamboat Springs Middle School will already know their next principal when he starts in the fall.
Jerry Buelter, the school's longtime assistant principal, has been tapped to serve as the school's next leader. Buelter will replace Tim Bishop, who is stepping down at the end of this year.
Buelter joined the school district in 1980 as a social studies teacher at Steamboat Springs High School. He has served as the assistant principal at the middle school for 12 years.
"I'm excited about it," Buelter said Monday about the promotion. "Tim has given me a lot of responsibilities and roles, and that makes the transition easier for me and the staff. We've done a lot of great stuff together."
Buelter's promotion was approved Monday night by the Steamboat Springs School Board.
Under Bishop and Buelter's leadership, the middle school has earned a string of academic accolades in recent years.
The campus has received the John Irwin School of Excellence Award from the Colorado Department of Education each of the past eight years. Most recently, the school was ranked seventh out of 491 middle schools in the state by the nonprofit organization Colorado School Grades.
Superintendent Brad Meeks said Buelter's extensive experience in the district made him an easy pick for the promotion.
"Jerry has been a well-respected member of the district, and he brings a lot of experience to the position," Meeks said. "He's a strong leader."
Buelter earned his master's degree from Adams State College and received his principal endorsement at the University of Wyoming in 2003.
Buelter has two sons, Wayne and Darian, and a step-daugther, Chutney. His wife, Carole, teaches math at Steamboat Springs High School.
"I've lived in this community most of my life," Buelter said. "It's nice to think you can finish your career here."
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