Delta County School’s superintendent will retire July 1

Mike McMillan will retire July 1 after six years as Delta County School District 50J’s superintendent.

McMillan began his teaching career in the school district in 1971 and has been with the district since. He said he was offered a three-year extension on his contract this year, but he decided it was time to move on.

“With the long-term budget crises in the state of Colorado, I think the continuity of leadership is more paramount than ever,” he said. “I felt that (three years) was a bigger commitment than I could make.”

McMillan said Ed Longfield, who served as his assistant superintendent for five years before becoming the superintendent of Manitou Springs School District 14 last fall, indicated he’s interested in taking McMillan’s place. Longfield could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

McMillan said Longfield has been offered the job, and he expects the Delta school board to ratify a contract for Longfield as early as March 18.

“I think more and more school districts, in difficult financial times or not, are looking toward (hiring) local people with a good track record,” McMillan said, pointing to Steve Schultz’s move last year from assistant superintendent of School District 51 to superintendent of the district after Tim Mill’s departure.

Chad Campbell, the only one of five school board members that could be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon, said he knew Longfield is a potential candidate, but he’s not sure if the school board, which is responsible for finding and hiring McMillan’s replacement by state statute, will have an internal or nationwide search for other candidates.

“We haven’t gotten that far yet,” Campbell said.

School boards have to announce a list of finalists at least 14 days before they can hire a candidate, according to state statute.

Delta 50J is the 31st largest school district in Colorado and serves 5,337 students.


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