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MEEKER I The board of trustees of Rio Blanco RE-1 Meeker School District voted unanimously after an executive session on Thursday night to offer current superintendent Susan Goettel a new one-year contract.
Goettel was appointed acting superintendent of the school district from 2010 to 2011 and was named superintendent in 2011. She was administrative executive assistant in the Meeker School District from 2008 to 2010.
“I am looking forward to the year ahead as Meeker School District tackles the work of improving the educational experiences for the children of our community,” she said. “I dedicate my efforts and energy to working with the many dedicated staff members of the Meeker School District to achieve this end.”
“This is a new contract, not an extension, and there will be some changes,” Meeker School Board President Iris Franklin said. “We know what we have with Ms. Goettel, and I believe she deserves another year.”
Goettel earned her bachelor of arts degree in science education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1985 and her master of arts degree in administrative leadership and policy studies in 2004 from the University of Colorado at Denver.
She has her certification from the State of Colorado for her initial administrator license, her professional principal license and professional teacher licenses in secondary science, secondary CTE-business pathway and secondary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Goettel joined Meeker School District in 1995, and from that time to 2009, she served as vocational business/technology teacher at Meeker High School. She taught technology, business math applications, advanced internship in business technologies, computer applications, desktop publishing, computer repair and maintenance and computer networking.
She was also a special education teacher through Meeker High School with the Rio Blanco Board of Cooperative Education Services from 1997 to 2000.
Prior to Meeker, Goettel was a science and health teacher for the Crowley County Junior/Senior High School in Ordway from 1986 to 1995.
Goettel was honored in 2001 by the American Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado as Educator of the Year.