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Another superintendent leaving District 38

Mar 14, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The resignation of Chantell Denson was confirmed Wednesday after one year in the position.

Superintendent Chantell Denson of Fremont County School District 38 at Arapahoe announced her resignation March 12 during the board of trustees meeting.

"It's based on a personal and professional decision that I've taken a lot of time to evaluate," Denson said.

Denson was offered a contract for another school year and accepted initially but later decided not to sign the contract. She said she has no other employment offers pending at the moment and has no immediate plans to move from her current residence. She did confirm she would plan to pursue another position in education eventually.

E-mails, phone calls and text messages Denson said she received from staff and faculty expressed sadness to see her go. She thanked the administrative staff, district teachers and board members for their commitment in the education and improvement of the district students.

Scores in testing have improve over the years, she said, and teachers have been provided with direction in "strong professional development."

"I have made the positive impact that I set out to do," Denson said. "We have made significant headway in implementing the Common Core, and we want to make a slow and steady improvement that's sustainable."

Denson will remain with the district until the school year ends on June 30.

She will be the fifth superintendent to leave the district since 2007. Denson was the former assistant superintendent at District 38 and stepped in after the resignation of Jonathan Braack in February 2013. He had held the superintendent position for one year before leaving.

Prior to Braack, the board of trustees released Stephen Henderson from his contract for unspecified reasons after a short time in the position.

Henderson was hired in July 2011 to replace Rick Lindblad, who resigned after nearly two years on the job. Lindblad took over the position for Roger Clark, who stepped down in 2007.

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