Cotopaxi RE-3 ( learn more )

Cotopaxi , CO ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 2886458
  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2018
  • Posted : January 25, 2018
  • Starting Date: July 31, 2018

Job Description


Located at the western end of Fremont County, School District RE-3 includes five small communities, Cotopaxi, Texas Creek, Deer Mountain, Coaldale, and Howard. The district is located along the Arkansas River at the base
of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, approximately halfway between Salida and Canon City on U.S. Hwy 50.

Ranching, rafting, recreation, tourism, and the Colorado Department of Corrections employ many people. The recreational opportunities are numerous. Fishing, hunting, backpacking, camping, four wheeling, river rafting, and skiing, are available within an hour’s drive. The climate in this area of the Arkansas River is known as the “Banana Belt,” with mild winters and warm but comfortable summers.

Nearby, Salida and Canon City provide necessary services for our communities, both with hospitals and great doctors. For the occasional visit to larger cities, Colorado Springs and Pueblo are 90 minutes east.


Cotopaxi Consolidated Schools have a student population of 208, Pre K-12th grades. The Colorado Preschool Project helps supply most of the revenue for the preschool, which operates the same hours as the K-12 school: 7:59 a.m. - 4:03 p.m. Kindergarten through fifth grades are self-contained, and the sixth through twelfth grades are departmentalized. Most teachers carry some extra duty assignments, and most secondary teachers teach in more than one subject area. Cotopaxi school is a champion for student and staff wellness.

We incorporate best practices which support and engage our students. Our small class size allows for teachers to really get to know their students, which creates a safe, supportive school community. With low student-teacher ratios, both schools have been recognized numerous times at the state and national level for academic success. High school students can take dual credit classes through Pueblo Community College.

Students are served by 21 licensed teachers, 24 classified staff and two administrators. Cotopaxi Schools belong to the South-Central BOCES, located in Pueblo. The retention rate for employees is high. Cotopaxi was one of the first districts in Colorado to begin using a four-day school week in 1980, and uses Fridays for teacher staff development, parent-teacher conferences and teacher workdays. Extra- curricular activities are offered starting after 4 p.m. on school days as well as on weekends. This affords our students with more classroom time.

The district uses a variety of programs to enhance student achievement. These include: Reading First, Every Child a Writer, Every Day Math, Stand up Math, and College Preparatory Math. A very low dropout rate, high graduation rate and above-average number of graduates who seek post-secondary education bring pride to the community. The district earned “School of Distinction” status by state and accreditation standards three of the last five years.

Assessed Valuation $216,942,114
Per Pupil State Funding $7,898
Pupil Count 208

Budget Year 2017-18
General Fund $14,822,859
Capital Reserve Fund $437,886
Pupil Activity Fund $649,926
Total Appropriation $57,638,496

  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Salary: $ 77,000 to $ 86,000 Per Year
  • Job Category : Administrator > Superintendent
  • Job Requirements

    • The board of education, staff and community have determined the following qualities to be essential to the success of their superintendent:

      • Experience in K-12 education; classroom teacher, building administrator, district level administrator, (superintendent certification concluded by the end of the first year).
      • Commitment to a long-term relationship with Cotopaxi School District seeking residency within the district boundaries in a reasonable period of time.
      • Experience in curriculum development, instruction and assessments in standards-based educational systems.
      • Understanding of Colorado school finance and law.
      • Demonstration of strong leadership skills, visionary leadership and development of short and long-term goals.
      • Understanding of the rural community lifestyle and culture.
      • Honesty and openness in personal interactions and professional business relations.
      • Focus of administrative decisions based on educating the whole student. Balancing priorities between academics and extra-curricular programs.
      • Ability to successfully interact with staff, students, parents, community members and the school board members.

      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.

    • Citizenship, residency OR WORK VISA IN United States required

    Application Questions

    This employer has requested that ALL applicants answer the following questions. It IS highly recommended that you type ANY essays IN a word processing program, save them, AND THEN paste them ON the proceeding job application page.

    • 1. In a school district that has a strong record of student achievement and limited resources for advanced educational opportunities, how would/ have you made enhanced programs available to students in a geographically isolated area?
      Extended Essay (Answer limited TO 15000 characters, including spaces)
    • 2. Cotopaxi School District has a record of effective programs and sound educational beliefs in place. How would/have you defined priorities to move the district forward while honoring existing programs and educational philosophies?
      Extended Essay (Answer limited TO 15000 characters, including spaces)
    • 3. Describe your leadership style, the process you use in decision making and how you evaluate the effectiveness of your decisions.
      Extended Essay (Answer limited TO 15000 characters, including spaces)
    • 4. Explain your experiences as a manager and educational leader in relation to the role of a Superintendent of schools. Share an actual scenario to illustrate your personal preference in one or both of these responsibilities.
      Extended Essay (Answer limited TO 15000 characters, including spaces)

    Contact Information

    • Robin Marlow , Admin Assistant
    • 2253 S. Oneida Street
    • Denver, Colorado 80224

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