Home-school program looking for new director

Mesa Valley Vision Home and Community Program is looking for a new program director.

Former director Susan Scofield resigned from the position this spring. Her last day was April 26, according to Vision Board of Stewards President Alan Espinoza.

Scofield said as one of the few remaining founders of the homeschool program, she was ready to pass the reins to new leadership. Six local families first started working on opening the Vision program in 2006 and it opened two years later. The school currently has nearly 400 kindergarten through 12th-grade students.

Scofield said she will remain in town and left when she did to take another job, but she has not told her former colleagues where she’s going.

“I want to get my privacy back,” she said.

Laurajean Downs, Vision’s achievement coordinator, said Scofield “mostly cited personal and health reasons” for leaving.

“We don’t really have anyone filling in. Because we’re board-run, all of that falls to our board now,” she said.

Espinoza and other stewards are handling many of the leadership duties for the school in the near-term but Espinoza said he hopes to have a new director by the time school starts this August. A job posting will be listed this Friday.

“We think there’s a lot of candidates interested already. After posting, I’m sure there will be more,” he said.

Espinoza said he was not surprised Scofield left, although he was surprised at the timing.

“All maturing organizations go through change,” he said.

The program has recently received attention from the Colorado Department of Education. New executives within the department are unclear on whether some requirements for the CDE waiver that makes operating Vision possible are being met correctly, because of some vague terminology set by former CDE executives, according to Board of Stewards member Adam Cochran. Cochran said a task force of Vision administrators and employees and District 51 leadership will begin meeting next week to address how to meet the CDE’s concerns and negotiate a solution.

Cochran said he’s confident the school will be fine, but CDE has given it until 2014-15 before the department would consider taking any action.


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