Lamansky named Steamboat schools’ curriculum director
Steamboat School Board to vote on contract Monday night
November 6, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs School District's newly appointed curriculum director has served a variety of roles during his more than 30-year tenure at the district.
Working as an educator in Steamboat Springs since 1980, Marty Lamansky has taught speech, upper-level social studies and drama classes. In 2008, he was named assistant principal at Steamboat Springs High School. On Sunday, Lamansky said he was looking forward to serving yet another role.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to do this," he said about his promotion to curriculum director. "My job is going to be to help make the teachers' jobs a little easier and to give them the tools they need to keep pushing (their students) to higher and higher levels."
Steamboat Springs Superintendent Brad Meeks on Friday announced Lamansky will start as the district's director of teaching and learning Dec. 1. The Steamboat Springs School Board on Monday night will vote on Lamansky's contract that will pay him $90,732 this year if approved.
Lamansky said that as assistant principal, he already has worked to evaluate and improve the curriculum and graduation requirements at the high school, and he wants to spread those improvements across the district.
"I've already heard from several teachers from different buildings, and I really appreciate their support," he said. "Now is the time to live up to that."
The School Board last month unanimously gave Meeks a green light to add the position back to the school district after it was cut in the 2009-10 school year because of budget reductions. District officials last month said Lamansky's salary will come from an estimated $300,000 increase in revenue this year they are expecting to receive from an enrollment jump of 56 students.
As curriculum director, Lamansky will oversee Steamboat's English Language Learner teachers, Title 1 programs, special education teachers and staff development programs. The district's technology integration specialists and data specialists also will be moved from the technology department to work directly with the new director.
Lamansky was interviewed for the position by an eight-member committee of district teachers, principals and administrative staff. He said the district now will start to search for another assistant principal for the high school.
An executive session will start Monday's School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m., with public comment scheduled at 6 p.m. The board is only scheduled to vote on Lamansky's contract and reschedule an upcoming board meeting.
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