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Gazette Premium Content Retirements, regulations drive Cheyenne Mountain reorganization

CAROL MCGRAW Updated: February 24, 2013 at 12:00 am

Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 is reorganizing its staff to address looming state-mandated changes.

It’s a daunting list of requirements, including new academic standards, new assessments and new teacher and principal evaluations. Some districts have contemplated adding workers to deal with the paperwork and new responsibilities.

D-12 is approaching it with a leadership reorganization, said Superintendent Walt Cooper.

“The jobs still have to be done, so we are realigning duties and titles.”

Several retirements have given the district the opportunity to change the organization chart.

Cooper said the new one will be less top-heavy and will have more staff who will directly handle instructional needs.

“It does save us some money. But that isn’t the reason we are doing it,’ he said. “It mostly gives us a better way to handle what we have to do in instruction, common core and new assessments.”

Changes could save $100,000 that leaders say can be used for staff positions in technology, and elsewhere, Cooper said.

Retirements were already driving change in the district.

Assistant Superintendent Bev Tarpley will be retiring this spring, as will be John Weishaar, Cheyenne Mountain High School principal. Hal Anderson, director of information systems, recently retired.

“They have made great contributions and I will personally miss each of them very much,” Cooper said in a letter to the staff.

In the reorganization, Kevin Cassidy will be executive director of Technology.

Dr. Carolena Steen, who has been head of learning services, will be assistant superintendent for learning services. There will also be a new post, assistant superintendent for student achievement. It hasn’t been filled, nor has the open principal’s job.

There are several other changes of staff duties in the new plan.

The district, which is consistently is at the top of the heap statewide in academics, and state assessment tests, has 4,500 students.

Contact Carol McGraw: 636-0371 Twitter @mcgrawatgazette Facebook Carol McGraw

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