Montezuma-Cortez leaves superintendent job open – The Durango Herald

The Montezuma-Cortez School District’s RE-1 Administration Building. (Photo from newspaper file)

The board planned to appoint a superintendent for the 2022-2023 school year at Tuesday’s meeting

The RE-1 School Board of the Montezuma-Cortez School District voted unanimously Tuesday to keep its superintendent position open.

A resolution to appoint a superintendent for the 2022-2023 school year was an action item on Tuesday’s agenda.

The board previously named three finalists but only interviewed one, Jack Props, after two others, David Crews and Christopher Burr, withdrew their names ahead of their interviews.

Board Director Cody Wells offered to keep the superintendent position open.

“I feel like Mr. Props is very friendly, but I was just concerned about the size of our district and his experience,” council director Sherri Wright said. “I just didn’t feel like his background was a good fit for our district.”

Other board members agreed.

Council Director Ed Rice pointed out that the district had nine candidates and the council only interviewed one.

Council chairwoman Sheri Noyes said the council’s finalist “pros and cons align a lot with the community group as well.”

Wells said Montezuma-Cortez is a “pretty interesting neighborhood to tackle” and that while Props is an “awesome guy,” he wasn’t the right fit for the neighborhood.

Wells said the board should wait and devote more time to finding the superintendent, and possibly start again in January.

Acting Superintendent Tom Burris previously said The newspaper that he would be happy to remain in the position of full-time superintendent if necessary, according to the needs of the district and his family.

Props is principal of the Chama School District in New Mexico. He was previously superintendent of the Vaughn School District in New Mexico, which had about 100 students.

Crews is superintendent of the Sangre de Cristo School District.

Many in Cortez were concerned about Crews after reading about an incident while he was superintendent of the Norwood School District.

The Denver post published a Bloomberg News report on a 2012 hazing incident in which three Norwood High School students tied up and sodomized their classmate on an empty school bus during a state wrestling game in Denver. According to the article, the crews allegedly gave the attackers a one-day suspension from school and failed to report the incident to the police.

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