TELLURIDE – The Telluride School District added a second name to the list of senior administrators it must replace for the 2011-2012 school year when Telluride High School Principal Alex Carter last week announced his resignation from that position, effective June 30.
“It is with mixed emotions that I submitted a letter today officially resigning my position as the principal of Telluride High School…,” he wrote in an email distributed to the broader school community last Thursday.
“My four-year tenure as a principal in this school district has been the most meaningful period of my 17-year career in public school education.”
Carter is also co-author of a book, The Insider's Guide to High School: A Parent's Handbook for the Ninth Grade Year with Tim Healey, published in May 2010 by Vandamere Press.
The news about his resignation comes about two months after District Superintendent Mary Rubadeau announced that she will retire from the position she has held for the past 12 years, also effective at the end of the present school year.
“Alex has been an outstanding principal,” said Rubadeau. “He brought some really new energy and vision to Telluride with the [Intensive Study Periods] and the connections he has made with the students.”
“We hate to see him leave,” she continued. “He has been a great asset and powerful member of our leadership team.”
Carter plans to pursue educational consulting.
“I just have an incredible opportunity to move into the private sector and work on some education issues that maybe will have a little more of a national and global reach,” he said, remaining deliberately vague about the specific details of his next endeavor.
“We’re kind of keeping the idea tight right now,” he said when pressed for more information.
“It’s definitely an e-learning thing – it’s about using technology to really try to reach out and give kids a better chance at getting a high quality education.”
“Public education works for Telluride,” he explained. But, “there a lot of kids in the country that don’t get the education they deserve.”
That said, Carter and his family have no plans to leave town anytime soon. Instead he will work remotely in his new capacity and travel as necessary.
“I don’t really have any great desire to go anywhere else soon,” he said.
“I want to keep my daughters in Telluride schools.”
In his letter to the community he described a vested interest in seeing that a top candidate is selected as his replacement.
“[S]ince I will be remaining in Telluride as part of the greater community, and as a parent of two children who will be students in the Telluride School District, it is very much in my own best interests to see the best possible candidate be brought on board,” he wrote.
He also offered a few words to his potential successors in an interview with The Watch.
“If you’re going to be a principal anywhere in the country, Telluride is the place,” he said.
“It’s such an innovative and progressive place,” he continued. “It’s an amazing place to work and I’ve been really happy here.
Carter’s position has already been advertised through national channels commonly searched by job-seeking principals, according to Rubadeau, whose own position has garnered serious interest from about 40 candidates.
The district plans to hire her replacement prior to the commencement of spring break in early April, after which the new superintendent will be involved in the selection of Carter’s replacement by the end of April.
In other school district departure news, Food Service Director Michael Goller will be leaving that position sometime by the end of the school year in order to move to Florida.
Rubadeau praised Goller for his ability to provide the entire spectrum of district students – even the pickiest elementary school kids – with food they not only enjoy, but that is also nutritious.
“He really looked at what kids like to eat and what’s high in nutritional value,” she explained. “He’s not putting a lot of stuff out there that they’ll reject.”
Rubadeau said the district plans to recruit within the region for Goller’s replacement and hopes to find a talented chef who also shares his passion for putting “good food in front of the kids.”