JobID 193 : Lake County School District R-1 Superintendent of Schools (#1924456)

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The Community

Lake County, Colorado is located in the central Rockies. At 10,200 feet, it contains the highest incorporated city in the continental United States.

Leadville, the county seat, has 3,000 residents, with 8,000 in the county. This is a historic mining town. Most of our current residents, however, work in the ski or hospitality industries in neighboring resort communities.

Leadville has a lively downtown and is surrounded by opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, skiing, and other backcountry activities. We have a long winter but 300+ days of sunshine per year.

This is a diverse community, with newcomers and old timers, Spanish and English speakers. Lake County is a place where almost everything is celebrated with a hometown parade - from the town festival called Boom Days to Dia de Fiestas Patrias, a day set aside to celebrate the diverse places from which residents come.

Lake County has been growing in recent years, but many new residents are second-home owners. Leadville is attempting to adapt to new economic and social realities while keeping its character as a “real place.”

The School District

Just as we are surrounded by high peaks, the expectations we hold for ourselves and our students are also high. Since 2013, Lake County School District has been on a path of innovative school reform that has garnered state and national attention. Working with strategic partners, we have turned our schools around, and we have ambitious student-centered goals for the future.

We have received two BEST grants and passed two school bonds in seven years. The most recent one was in the fall of 2019 for a new PreK-2 school. That school will open in 2021.

Our schools are Expeditionary Learning K-8. Teaching and learning principles for the whole district reflect Expeditionary Learning values. The arts, athletics, and real-world connections are crucial. Currently over 40 students are participating in internships and more than 100 of our students are taking college-level classes. We are passionate about equitable education for the whole child with the goal of life-long learning.

The superintendent and a five-member school board work together to create strategic goals that fulfill our mission for a rigorous, engaged, equitable, personalized education for all students. We are looking for a leader who is ready to grow with us and eager to take on the challenges that are in front of us.

Chief Contact Person/Title:

Bunny Taylor / Board Secretary

  • Phone: (719) 486-6805
  • Email:

District Website:

TOTAL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES:                234


     Number of Licensed Teachers:                95
     Number of Administrators:                       6
     Number of Classified Staff:                      85


A respectful, supportive, strategically aligned school board governs the district via results-based policies.


ASSESSED VALUATION:                                            $65,680,000



     Budget Year:                                             FY2020
     General Fund:                                           $13,948,055
     Capital Reserve Fund:                              $2,068,000
     Pupil Activity Fund:                                   $275,000
     Total Appropriation:                                   $24,262,891

SUPERINTENDENT SALARY:                     $104,000

BENEFITS TO BE ADVERTISED: Health insurance, 401(k), membership dues, and cell phone

PREFERRED HIRE DATE:                             March 2020

PREFERRED START DATE:                          July 1, 2020

DOCTORATE REQUIRED?                            No



  • Bachelor's degree required, preferred emphasis in education or related field of study

  • Master's degree preferred

  • Administrative experience preferred

  • Principal or Administrator License required; applicant must have the ability to obtain Administrator License in a timely manner if not already held
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred


  • Must understand and have experience with the field of education and a passion for public schools.

  • Must be willing to reside in Lake County (even when it seems like winter will never end!)

  • Understands and has experience with equity, diversity, inclusivity and cultural engagement

  • Must be fully committed to whole child education

  • Must understand rural community education

  • Must have a growth mindset
  • Must be willing to collaborate with current staff and build upon existing partnerships

If you have any questions regarding applying for this position, please contact Brittany Crossman at Colorado Association of School Boards at 303-832-1000 or

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