D-49 officials may address rumors Schoeppey is resigning

February 1, 2011

Falcon School District 49 officials are expected to respond Wednesday to news reports that Superintendent Bradley Schoeppey will resign.

Sources who wish to remain anonymous because of their ties to the district told The Gazette and KRDO-TV that Schoeppey’s last day would be June 30.

Board members Andy Holloman, Rusty Moomey and Chris Wright said they could not confirm the reports.

Schoeppey and board members David Martin and Tammy Harold did not return phone calls Tuesday.

However, Brad Miller, legal counsel to District 49 and district spokeswoman Stephanie Wurtz Meredith, said Tuesday the school board and Schoeppey will release a statement about “district leadership” at 2 p.m. Wednesday

The school district on Colorado Springs’ eastern edge has had eight superintendents and interim superintendents in the past 10 years.

The school board approved a five-year contract for Schoeppey in July 2009. He is paid an annual salary of $180,000 and his contract includes potential performance bonuses. He would receive up to two years’ salary if the district severs his contract without cause during his first two years on the job.

In 2009, Schoeppey said he intended to remain in the district longer than a year.

“I think I can survive,” he said. “... I told the board I will make a commitment to them, and they will need to make one to me.”

He accepted the job amid an effort to recall two school board members. The district also had just cut top administration jobs, and other district leaders had resigned.

The district currently is going through additional changes. In January, three top administrators left the district when their jobs were eliminated in a reorganization that will lead to District 49 becoming an “innovation district.” The district paid the three administrators about $760,000, including benefits, to end their contracts.

Innovation status grants individual schools more agility in dealing with needs, district officials say. It also shifts more control of resources directly to principals and teachers.

In the new organizational chart, Schoeppey would become the chief executive officer focusing on education and working with program leaders Sand Creek Principal Sean Dorsey, Vista Ridge Principal Bob Felice and Falcon Principal Mark Carara. Deputy Superintendent Mary Guinn would head special projects.

When asked Monday about rumors Schoeppey would resign, Wurtz said she didn’t know who sparked the rumors and that a superintendent’s resignation would take time to finalize.

Contact the writer at 636-0162.

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