MacHale named superintendent of Montrose schools

Mark MacHale

MONTROSE — Dolores School District Superintendent Mark MacHale has been hired as the new superintendent for Montrose County School District RE-1J, concluding a monthslong search.

MacHale was one of three finalists, along with Tammy Clementi, who works for the Colorado Department of Education in Denver, and Jeff Perry, the superintendent for Wise County schools in Virginia.

“The school board was privileged to have three highly qualified finalists to consider for the position,” Montrose School Board President Kjersten Davis said in a news release.

MacHale, 50, has been the Dolores School District RE-4A superintendent for the past four years. He has 21 years of experience in public education, including two years as a principal in Steamboat Springs and eight years as a principal in Rifle.

MacHale is working to complete his doctorate in education through Nova Southeast University in 2012.

“We feel Mark MacHale will bring a unique set of qualities and characteristics to our district. We look forward to continued growth and improvement under his leadership,” Davis said.

MacHale was unavailable for comment Tuesday.

During a recent candidate meet-and-greet event at the school district offices, MacHale said his top priorities are student safety, fiscal responsibility and improving curriculum development throughout Montrose and Olathe schools.

“It’s apparent to me that there are some great things going on here, but there is room for improvement,” MacHale said.

MacHale succeeds George Voorhis, who will step down in June after 10 years as superintendent.


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