Blunck as Acting Superintendent for Weld RE-4 School District

It was back to school Monday for educators in the northern Colorado districts after winter recess.

One of the people who showed up for work was Rod Blunck, a public school retiree, now acting superintendent of the Weld RE-4 school district for students in the Windsor and Severance areas.

Blunck, with over 30 years of study, including six years as superintendent of School District 27J in Brighton, arrived in Windsor around 8 a.m. Monday for the six-month job. He will be acting until the end of the fiscal year June 30 to lead the district while helping the school board select a permanent, full-time superintendent.

“The RE-4 community has always had the wonderful reputation of being a stellar education system,” said Blunck of a reason for taking on the interim role. “I’ve been coming here for 20 years in terms of superintendent meetings and things like that and it has always been the jewel in the northeast corner. How could you turn down an opportunity to do this?

Blunck’s finalized contract was approved Monday evening in a special 4-minute meeting at the Main Street administration building in Windsor.

The board has another special meeting scheduled for Thursday in the boardroom of the administration building. The board will meet with nine candidates for the vacant education board seat with Jennifer Lieber resigning in November. The meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be webcast live.

The Weld RE-4 contract will pay Blunck $ 69,216.67 for 140 days of work during the calendar year, according to the contract provided by the school district. Blunck refused health insurance coverage for temporary work. The district will pay Blunck a monthly allowance of $ 75 for business use of his cell phone. He will also benefit from 15 days of paid personal leave in agreement with the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Russ Smart.

Blunck started his career as a specialist educator. He also worked as the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services for Adams 12 Five Star Schools and as the Superintendent of Schools for the Julesburg School District. Blunck was also superintendent of Elizabeth C-1 School District. In 2006, he was named Colorado Superintendent of the Year for the District’s Tax Adjustment.

Blunck, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, was chosen for the acting position over three other finalists questioned by the board on December 7. He chose December 15. Blunck took over on Monday from Amy Heinsma, the district education director who served as interim superintendent after Dan Seegmiller resigned in mid-November.

“Dr. Rod Blunck has many years of experience as a superintendent and has had great success with districts in the past. He has an energetic attitude and will be operational,” Smart said in a district statement Dec. 16. .

Blunck said the acting superintendent’s job will be to continue to support the work of the district leaders and to support the education council’s vision and implement its leadership. Another part of the job will be to advise the board as it begins to seek out a new superintendent.

Blunck called the research process a “legacy decision” from the board over the next six months.

New Weld RE-4 School District Acting Superintendent Rod Blunck, left, sits with members of the Board of Education in a special meeting on Monday, January 3, 2022 at the District Administration building in Windsor . In the short meeting, the board approved Blunck’s finalized contract to work as interim superintendent until June 30. The board members are, from left to right: Russ Smart, Lance Nichols and Regan Price. Board member Aaron Smith called the meeting while he was out of state. (Anne Delaney / journalist).

Last month, the district hired McPherson and Jacobson, an executive search and development company in Omaha, Nebraska, to lead the search for a permanent superintendent. Blunck will work with the board of directors and McPherson and Jacobson on the research process.

“It’s a very competitive market for good leadership,” said Blunck. “Sometimes there are nuances that are unique to us and that are not unique to other schools. Whether it’s the type of questions we ask, whether it’s a proper compensation package we put in place, helping the board understand and work on what’s right in the long run. term.

Blunck said the decision to choose a superintendent will outlast decision-makers and “it indicates how important this is to this council.”

Blunck said the choice of a new superintendent will be the board that will decide the skills of the new trustee while respecting the balance in respecting the history of the community and moving the district forward.

The district continues to have problems with overcrowding in schools despite the failure in November of a $ 179 million bail measure to build new facilities.

“The class of 2034 is already in our schools,” said Blunck. “When you look at it in those terms, it gives that futuristic look, a sense of urgency. “

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