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Steamboat Springs School Board to consider administrator shuffle

Soda Creek principal may become HR director; other changes likely

Jack Weinstein

— The Steamboat Springs School Board is scheduled to consider whether to approve new roles next year for two district administrators.

When they meet Monday, School Board members will consider approving Soda Creek Elementary School Principal Judy Harris as the district's new human resources director in 2011-12. They will consider making Michele Miller, Soda Creek and Strawberry Park elementary schools assistant principal, her replacement.

Harris, a San Diego native who started her career in business before becoming a teacher 25 years ago, joined the district in 1999 as Steamboat's curriculum director and became Soda Creek principal two years later.

Although she said becoming Steamboat's human resources director would allow her to "learn some new tricks" in a growing field before she retires from the district, Harris said her decision to leave the school and transition into a new role was bittersweet.

"I love Soda Creek, the students, staff and parents," she said. "It's been a wonderful place for me to grow the last 10 years. I'm really pleased I got to stay in the district and expand my relationships with people I don't work with often in the district."

Harris said she already has started training with Human Resources Director Anne Muhme, who is retiring June 30, the end of the district's 2010-11 fiscal year.

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Miller has been working her way toward becoming a principal for several years after serving as co-principal with Celia Dunham at Strawberry Park for two years before splitting duties this year as assistant principal at both elementary schools. She previously served for seven years in two roles with the elementary schools coordinating assessments, evaluating data and aligning curriculum.

The School Board approved Dunham's retirement this month, but she will return next year under provisions of the state's Public Employees' Retirement Association that allow her to work as many as 140 days a school year.

Miller, who taught for a decade in Douglas County before joining Steamboat in 2001, said she's looking forward to continuing the work she began this year as assistant principal. She said the school will emphasize math and writing assessments, while focusing on assisting students early if they need help.

Miller, an Irvine, Calif., native, said she's excited about the possibility of becoming principal at Soda Creek.

"It's a great opportunity," she said. "I love the staff and community of Soda

Creek. I've been here for 10 years, so I feel like I know what the job is. I'm excited. I have great ideas, and I'm ready to move forward."

Superintendent Shalee Cunningham said last week that the district is accepting applications for the elementary assistant principal position.

The School Board also is scheduled to consider 2011-12 contracts for all district administrators and directors Monday, in addition to an agreement to provide technology services to the South Routt School District next year. And board members are scheduled to discuss this year's Friend of Education award.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email

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