South Routt School District hires new superintendent
May 28, 2014
Steamboat Springs — It was almost as if Darci Mohr was destined to be the next superintendent for the South Routt School District.
Mohr, who currently is the assistant superintendent of human resources for the Boulder Valley School District, officially accepted the job Tuesday. She will begin July 1, the day after Scott Mader's resignation takes effect, and Mohr anticipates an easy transition for her and the family.
"Last year, we came across Oak Creek, and we fell in love with it, and we bought a little vacation home there," Mohr said Wednesday. "I call it my sanctuary."
Being raised along the Missouri River in South Dakota, Mohr said she was a small-town girl at heart, and she has been preparing herself professionally to be a superintendent at a rural Colorado school district. While Mohr was getting to know her neighbors and new community this past year, it just so happened that Mader decided to resign to pursue career opportunities elsewhere.
"Everything just seemed to align and work out, and I'm excited to serve in that community where I've already started to establish roots," Mohr said. "It's definitely a community that we're looking at a long-term relationship with."
Mohr was one of three finalists that were interviewed for the job. School Board President Jules Palyo said about 50 community members also came to visit the finalists during an open house. Immediately after the open house, the group tasked with selecting the new superintendent made their decision.
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"She's a great fit at this time for what our district needs," Palyo said. "She's a strong leader and very knowledgeable of the different legislation that is coming down from the state."
Mohr has been working in public education for 18 years and she holds a law degree. She worked as a school district attorney in Jefferson, Boulder and Douglas counties before transitioning into human resources.
Palyo said Mohr agreed to a two-year contract and will be offered a base salary of about $103,000.
Mohr said it has been her goal to make a difference at rural Colorado school district, and she had good things to say about the community and the district she is going to lead.
"The employees are so engaged and actively involved, and the community is so engaged and actively involved," Mohr said. "They're a very community-oriented school district."
Mohr will make her vacation home on First Street her full-time residence sometime in the middle of June. She will be moving with her 9-year-old daughter Rachel and husband, Greg, who works in real estate. In addition to their home, the Mohrs also purchased the commercial building downtown that houses Kate's Cafe.
Mohr said it was an honor to be chosen as the district's new superintendent, and she was looking forward to returning to small-town life.
"It's like coming home to me," Mohr said.