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Walsenburg principal selected as new leader of Soroco High/Middle School







— South Routt School District leaders have chosen a Walsenburg educator to be the next principal of Soroco High/Middle School.

George Purnell is currently the principal and athletic director for the 140-student John Mall High School in the Huerfano School District, a small, rural district about 50 miles south of Pueblo.

Purnell has served the Huerfano School District for seven years in many roles, including elementary principal, junior high principal and head coach for numerous sports teams.

Purnell is expected to begin working in South Routt in July and replaces former principal Lyn McCarty, who resigned from the district suddenly in February.

Superintendent Darci Mohr has since stepped in as acting principal.

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Mohr said that Purnell was "the perfect fit" to be the school's next principal.

"His skills and experience and background as a seasoned middle school/high school principal in a small, rural community matches exactly what were looking for," Mohr said. "But, more than that, his personality and style are very conducive to what we need right now."

According to a welcome note posted on the district website last week, Purnell feels his strengths as a principal are in building relationships with staff and students, communicating with parents and the community, working with students with learning disabilities and mentoring beginning teachers and administrators.

Purnell didn't return a message from the Steamboat Today for this story.

Also according to information provided by the South Routt School District, Purnell is originally from Illinois and is a United States Navy Veteran.

He has been married for 38 years to his wife, Sandy, and together they have two daughters and a grandson.

Purnell has a bachelor's degree in business and physical education and a master's degree in secondary administration and supervision, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

He said loves living and working in a small, Colorado mountain community.

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