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Gazette Premium Content Campbell to be superintendent in Widefield in July

By Carol McGraw Published: August 28, 2013

Scott Campbell will be the next superintendent in Widefield School District 3, officials announced Wednesday.

He will replace Joe Royer who will retire after 30 years with the district, including the last four as the chief executive.

Campbell, who is the assistant superintendent, had been named the school board's sole candidate last month and received a unanimous vote by the school board.

He will take over the reins of the district in July. D-3 has 9,300 students and a budget of $76.5 million.

Scott said his goal will be to "maintain the focus on classroom instruction and improve student achievement."

Board President Chris Velasquez said that Campbell has already proven himself ready to assume the leadership role of the district. "His work in helping us create and implementing a new instructional focus is just one example of the talent and vision he will provide."

Campbell, 48, graduated from Wasson High School in 1983. He has a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Southern Colorado and a maser's degree from University of Phoenix. He worked as a chemist before becoming a science teacher at Janitell Junior High School in 1992. He also served as assistant principal and principal at the school.

He was principal of Mesa Ridge High School before becoming the district's executive director of educational services in 2005, and assistant superintendent in 2012.

Campbell and his wife Christine, a fitness instructor, have two children. Cody is a senior at Niagra University in New York, and Cierra, is a senior at Pine Creek High School.

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