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MEEKER I The Meeker School District Board of Education announced publicly Wednesday morning that Mark Meyer of Alamosa had accepted the position of Meeker superintendent of schools.
Meyer was principal at Alamosa High School from August 2007 to July 2009 and assistant superintendent of the Alamosa School District from August 2009 to present.
“I accepted the position because when I researched Meeker, it looked like it would be a perfect fit with my background and because I truly believe I am ready to lead a school district,” Meyer said. “Also, during the interview process, everyone in Meeker was very kind and it was very observable that the community supports education.”
Meyer and his wife, Jackie, have been married 26 years. Jackie is also an educator. The Meyers have three children, Amanda, Richie and Zack.
Amanda was married on June 1 and is a teacher in Peyton, Colo.; Richie just got out of the U.S. Marine Corps after serving for five years at the NSA, and he will be attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins this fall; and Zack just graduated from high school and will be playing football this fall for Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
Meyer’s parents, Rich and Jan Meyer, were both educators, and they will be making the move to Meeker as well.
“Jackie and I are blessed to have them with us,” he said.
Meyer said he and Jackie love to hike, do DVD workout series such as P90X and Insanity and play golf.
Meyer earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing at Adams State College in May 1990. He went on to earn his master’s degree in secondary business education from Adams State in July 1995, then earned his leadership license from Adams State in May 2003 and his career and technical director’s credential from Colorado State University in August 2006.
On his resume, Meyer states that his goal was “to become a superintendent that: 1) keeps all student’s academic needs in mind while making decisions; 2) partners with the board of education, administrators, parents, students and staff to make impact-filled improvement efforts; and 3) manage a shrinking budget that keeps students in the forefront and teachers’ salaries and district facilities competitive.
As assistant superintendent in Alamosa, Meyer lists his duties while working for the district: district improvement coordinator, federal programs coordinator, curriculum and instruction coordinator, instructional coach, grant writer, English Language Acquisition coordinator, gifted and talented coordinator, 504 coordinator, special education coordinator, career and technical education director, grants fiscal management, child welfare liaison, homeless liaison and welfare liaison.
As principal at Alamosa High School, Meyer: cut the school crime rate in half two years in a row — from 134 police reports in 2006 to seven reports in 2009; implemented and supervised the special education and 504 programs within the school; changed the culture and climate of the school into a positive education environment; assisted in the development implementation, evaluation and revision of curriculum; authored, coauthored and implemented several grants; and interpreted and implemented all board policies to their fullest.
During the same time, he: was an active member of the the Strategic Planning Implementation Team overseeing Alamosa School District’s improvement plan; partnered with Trinidad State Junior College and Adams State College to bring more educational opportunities to students within the school; assisted with the in-service and training of teachers; and oversaw the school budget in excess of $132,000.
Other duties within the Alamosa district, from August 2002 to present, included writing and implementing a Perkins Grant, writing all necessary reports to be in compliance with state laws and he was in charge of overseeing career and technical programs, including program approvals.
He was a department head from August 2002 to May 2007 at Alamosa High School and from Aug. 1990 to August 1998 at Fountain-Fort Carson High School.
He was a marketing/business teacher from August 1998 to May 2007 at Alamosa High School and from August 1990 to August 1998 at Fountain-Fort Carson High School.
He was a faculty sponsor of the Future Business Leaders of America (FLBA) from August 1999 to May 2007, sponsor of the Distribution Education Clubs of America (DECA) from August 1990 to August 1998 and was head sponsor of the junior class from August 1994 to August 1996.
He has also served as a coach, including: high school football assistant from August 1990 to May 2007; head girls’ golf coach from August 2001 to May 2007; head girls’ tennis coach from August 1990 to August 1998 and high school boys’ basketball assistant from August 1990 to 1998.
“Jackie and I are looking forward to meeting new people and assimilating into the community,” Meyer said.