JobID 199 : Superintendent of Schools Montrose RE-1J (#2000527)

Posted 25 days ago


Montrose County School District RE-1J is located 60 miles south of Grand Junction and the I-70 corridor and serves the students of the Montrose and Olathe communities.

Our thriving community is home to 41,412 neighbors in over 2,200 square miles in the Uncompaghre River and Paradox Valleys. In addition to being the agricultural hub of the western slope, we are home to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, as well as the Gunnison Gorge National Recreation and Wilderness Areas. The majority of our county is made up of National Forest, Bureau of Land Management or National Park lands. Our main cities include Montrose, Maher, Naturita, Nucla, Olathe and Paradox.

With the enticing Black Canyon National Park just to the east, the majestic San Juan Mountains to the south, the Uncompahgre Plateau to the west and Grand Mesa to the north, skiing, rafting, hiking and camping are just some of the outdoor activities available to residents year-round. Montrose is literally surrounded by thrilling opportunities for exploration, adventure, and sight-seeing.

The Montrose Campus of Colorado Mesa University is centrally located in the downtown area and the Technical College of the Rockies is located 20 miles north in Delta. We are also located 60 miles from Grand Junction and Gunnison, homes to Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado University. Fort Lewis College is 100 miles south in Durango.


The community of Montrose participates in all aspects of life and offers a variety of options for religious worship. We are also home to the Montrose Memorial Hospital, San Juan Cancer Center and the Black Canyon Surgical Center as well as many qualified physician and dental offices. The Montrose Regional Airport makes travel to anywhere in the world very convenient.

The 82,000 square foot Community Recreation Center is the biggest and newest on Western Slope of Colorado and provides something for every age and ability and a multitude of interests.

Shopping and dining in Montrose are also a very enjoyable activity. We have wonderful shopping with Target, JC Penny’s, Big 5, Marshalls, Pet Co, Wal-Mart, Natural Grocers and Ross, as well as many unique local businesses that are sure to have something for everyone. Dining experiences can range from any number of fast food restaurants to fine dining and everything in between.


The District shall not discriminate in its employment or hiring practices on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation (which includes transgender), religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, marital status, disability, conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

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  • First “STEM” school district in Colorado

  • The MCSD School Board creates “Board Goals” for the district every fall

  • MCSD is 57.4% white; 38.6% Hispanic/Latino

  • 50% Free/Reduced and 50% paid lunches

  • Combined graduation rate of 92.3%, above the 81.1% state average and high schools offer AP and concurrent enrollment opportunities

  • Partnership with Colorado Mesa University for student and staff advancement

  • Montrose High School has had a state placing band program for several years, as well as the 2-year state golf champions in 4A and an award winning ROTC program

  • Olathe FFA programs are consistent award winners and the school has a strong tradition and culture

  • Peak Virtual Academy has a strong STEM and PBL program, working with CMU and Western Universities as well as many local community businesses

  • One to one technology in all secondary schools

  • STEM based education at all district schools as well as instructional technology support

  • Average graduating class sizes: MHS – 250; OHS – 70; Peak Academy – 30


Contact Person/Title:

Laurie Laird, Admin. Assistant to the Superintendent

Phone: (970) 252-7902


District Website:

Total District Employees: 750

Current Student Enrollment: 6,200

     Number of Licensed Teachers: 400

     Number of Administrators: 26

     Number of Classified Staff: 350


A seven-member Board of Education governs the district and holds regular meetings.


Assessed Valuation: $559,253,511

General Fund Per Pupil Expenditure: $7,974


     Budget Year: FY2019-20

     General Fund: $53,794,000

     Capital Reserve Fund: $953,479

     Pupil Activity Fund: $1,675,000

     Total Appropriation: $80,939,799


Superintendent Salary: $145K-$165K






  • Superintendent/administrative experience preferred

  • Broad experience in K-12 education, including teaching, instructional leadership, and school administration

  • Solid understanding of Colorado school law and school finance

  • Exhibits visionary leadership in developing short-term and long-term goals

  • Creative, strategic thinker with vision and focus

  • Models a collaborative, consistent, and fair leadership style

  • Excellent skills in building relationships and trust

  • Managerial skills that embrace interaction, collaboration, and differing opinions

  • Demonstrates integrity, honesty, and ethical behavior

  • Able and willing to hold himself/herself, as well as others, accountable

  • Maintains high visibility in schools and the community

  • Consistent in making and following through with decisions

  • Proven success developing school district budgets and managing district finances

  • Strong listening and communication skills

  • Approachable and optimistic

  • Understands and embraces the rural community lifestyle and culture