D51 administrator finalist for two superintendent jobs

District 51 Executive Director of Instructional Support Jody Mimmack is a finalist for school superintendent positions in Durango and Cortez.

Mimmack will interview for the lead position in Durango School District 9-R today. If she is not offered a job by the Durango district, Mimmack said she will interview April 13–14 for the superintendent job in Montezuma-Cortez District Re1. Mimmack is one of three finalists in Durango and one of four candidates in Cortez.

Mimmack earned a superintendent’s certificate six years ago, but she said she wanted to wait until her last child graduated high school to move out of Mesa County and pursue a superintendent job.

“Our last child is graduating (this May), and my husband and I decided we had made a commitment to staying in Grand Junction to make sure our kids graduated from Mesa County schools,” Mimmack said. “We’re ready to look for a new opportunity, and I wanted to be a superintendent.”

She said recent budget troubles in District 51 are not linked to her desire to leave her current job.

“It was about career advancement for me, and the timing is right,” she said.

Mimmack became District 51’s instructional support leader last summer after she left her post as principal of Fruita Monument High School midyear in 2010–11 to help the district transition into new state curriculum standards. She makes $105,261 a year overseeing the district’s curriculum department. The department helps teachers adjust to the new curriculum standards and a new instruction system that has teachers in corresponding grades teach the same content at the same time across District 51 schools.

She began applying this year for superintendent posts in districts with up to 15,000 students in towns no larger than Grand Junction. She recently became one of three finalists for a superintendent post in Fargo, N.D., but she learned last week the job was offered to someone who lives in Fargo.

Although she wanted to job in Fargo, Mimmack said she isn’t disappointed she has a chance to stay in the West.

“I love the West, so these two communities would be awesome to go to,” she said.


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