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District 38 superintendent to step down

Feb 7, 2013 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

After a year on the job, Fremont County School District 38 superintendent Jonathan Braack submitted his resignation, effective June 30.

"My wife and I feel like it's time for our family to move on," Braack said.

The Arapahoe Board of Trustees voted 3-1 to accept Braack's resignation Tuesday after an hour-long executive session. Board chairwoman June Shakespeare and trustees John Goggles and Charlene Gambler Brown voted in the affirmative, with Theodore Lionel Bell casting the lone nay vote. Karen Brown was absent from the meeting.

Tuesday's gathering was a continuance from a special meeting on Jan. 30, which involved several hours in executive session to discuss personnel.

Shakespeare said Braack's resignation date coincides with the end of his contract. In January 2012 the board of trustees offered a contract to Braack through June 30, 2012. He later applied for the permanent position and was offered a one-year contract.

"I was hired to put a turnaround model in place," Braack said. "I have done that."

Schools deemed persistently low-achieving that want federal funds are required to adopt one of four U.S. Department of Education models to improve achievement. Arapahoe implemented the turnaround model, which requires replacing some staff and improving the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time and other strategies.

Braack, 35, said his family moved to Arapahoe planning to remain in the community for years, but it didn't work out.

"There are some circumstances here, and I feel it's best we move on at the end of the year," Braack continued. "I am not allowed to comment on those (circumstances) legally. Nothing bad has happened, everything has been good, but our family feels like it's time to move on. We were wanting to stay here for many years, but at this time, we think it's time to move."

Braack intends to continue working to carry out the district's goals and strategic plan in his remaining five months.

"I committed to the board, staff, community and students, and I will pour my heart out for them until 5 p.m. on June 30," Braack said. "I want to make sure we get further and further ahead in the next five months, and we are in as strong and sustainable shape as possible when I leave."

Arapahoe has seen more superintendent changes since 2007 than any other district in Fremont County. Braack is District 38's fourth superintendent in that time period. His selection last year followed a more than two-month search for an interim superintendent after trustees released Stephen Henderson from his contract for unknown 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 from the seat four months ahead of schedule.

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