The renewal of Sue Holmes’ contract as the Cripple Creek-Victor School Superintendent was on the agenda for Monday, February 24th, and community members and staff came out in force to voice their support for Ms. Holmes.
The following community members expressed their support, gratitude and faith in Sue’s ability and skills: Angela Dettenreider – Secondary teacher, Gail Smalberger -Secondary Teacher, Mark Dettenreider – Teller County commissioner, Ann Hagney – Wellness Coordinator, Christine Esperanza - Teller County Wraparound Coordinator, Jill McCracken – Special Education Teacher, Scott Davies-Secondary Teacher, Martha Hubbard – Teller County Public Health Nurse, Patty Waddle – ECE Director, Connie Dodrill – Cripple Creek Park and Recreation Director, Rachel Gray – Elementary Counselor, Dave Sauer-District Technology Coordinator, Karen Casey-Svetich – Former School Board President, Alan and Linda Applebaum – Retired from education and a personal friend of Mrs. Holmes, Lisa Noble – Build a Generation Director, Marcy Palmer – Ute Pass BOCES Director, Wanda Eppes – former school psychologist, Debbie Morill – Director of 21st Century Learning Centers.
Also, although Brent Kennedy-former Board President, Jennifer Johnston-former Secondary Counselor, and Alisha Strupp were unable to attend the Board meeting, they submitted letters of support, which were read on their behalf.
In all, the Public Participation portion of the meeting resulted in over an hour of accolades for Superintendent Holmes.
Despite the overwhelming community support, when the vote was taken after the Executive Session, the Board rejected a contract renewal for Sue Holmes, who has been in charge of the District for eight years.
Board Treasurer Dennis Jones made the motion to not extend the superintendent’s contract. Seconded by Board Vice-President Don Daniel.
Tim Braun, Board President explained to the Board members that a yes vote would indicate approval to not extend the contract for Sue Holmes as superintendent.
The Board members voted as follows: Tim Braun-No; Don Daniel-Yes; Dennis Jones, Yes; Lourdes Monger, No; Tana Rice, Yes.
The school board will now begin a search for a new superintendent. They will also be seeking a new Secondary school Principal, as Trudy Vader tendered her resignation on Tuesday morning. Both Mrs. Holmes and Ms. Vader intend to fulfill their obligations through the end of the school year.
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