Delta Schools superintendent resigns

For the second time in two years, Mike McMillan announced plans to leave his post as superintendent of Delta County School District 50.

McMillan announced in March 2010 he would retire that July after six years as superintendent. He later changed his mind.

Delta School Board member Tammy Smith told The Daily Sentinel on Friday it was not McMillan’s idea to leave this time. She said the board met with McMillan in two private meetings, one in December and one in January, to discuss how the board and McMillan could better get along and steer the district in the same direction. Smith said the board met again in mid-January in a meeting that was closed to the public. Smith said a majority of members decided then to ask McMillan to step down.

“Basically what was said is they want to go in a different direction. That’s all I know,” Smith said.

McMillan submitted a letter of resignation Thursday to the School Board, which voted 4–1 to accept the resignation. Smith cast the dissenting vote.

“It was the wish of some of the new board members. I was not in favor of what happened at all,” she said. “He’s done a lot for this district. We really try as a district to do what’s best for kids, and I believe he does that.”

Board President Tom Mingen said the board tried but failed to work out differences with McMillan. He did not elaborate.

“I think a board and a superintendent need to be on the same page, and I don’t know that we were,” Mingen said.

Mingen said McMillan will leave the district as soon as the board selects an interim superintendent. The board has closed-door meetings planned for Thursday and Friday to discuss replacing McMillan. Colorado Open Meetings law allows public school boards to meet privately to discuss personnel matters, such as those discussed in the board’s earlier meetings with and about McMillan.

McMillan was not available for comment Friday afternoon, according to district spokesman Bill Carlquist, who offered a written statement from McMillan, who was visiting schools Friday afternoon.

“If it had been his choice, he would still be working. Basically, the board has informed him they preferred to go a different direction. He does regret that the board wanted to go this route, but he does wish the best for the school district, its students, its staff and its parents,” Carlquist said.


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