RANGELY I Matt Scoggins, the superintendent of Rangely’s school district, is looking eagerly toward the beginning of classes this year, set for Aug. 17 for Rangely Junior/Senior High and Aug. 19 for Parkview Elementary School.
Scoggins is entering his third year as superintendent of schools in Rangely, and he said he is looking to a continued challenge to make the schools the best they can be.
Scoggins is married to Beth, who teaches physical education at the junior high school and who coaches cross country and track at Rangely High School. They have five children: William who is going into his junior year at Fort Lewis and competing in cross country; James, who was just graduated from Rangely High School and is currently enrolled at Colorado Northwestern Community College, hoping to enlist in the United States Navy; Patrick, a sophomore and athletic standout at Rangely High School; and twins Mary and Timothy, who are going to be in sixth grade.
Scoggins has lived in Rangely for 20 years and has been an accountant for 20 years. He spent five years teaching at CNCC and seven years at CNCC coaching cross country.
Scoggins said he went into school administration because he felt he had good skills as an accountant and in business management and because he felt he could make a difference in the children’s lives.
“So far, there has been a lot of learning about the system, the rules and the regulations and I earned my superintendent’s certification through the University of Colorado-Denver,” he said. “So far it has been good.
“It can be tough out there keeping up with what is going on, such as following 75 bills before the state Legislature, new regulations all the time and trying to help the teachers be a success while staying out of their way,” he said.
Scoggins said he sees no major changes this year, but that he hopes to see “lots of growth within the students and lots of improvement.”
“The past two years have been fun, if not challenging,” he said. “I work with some great people who also want to improve the education of the students.
“We’ve already seen some great kids off to colleges or trade schools,” he said, and “I look forward to seeing them progress even farther.”
“I also have to say I am blessed,” Scoggins said. “I have talked to other state superintendents, and I know we have some great school board members. I’m not saying that to butter them up, but I know we are blessed with our board members because they really care and only want the best for the students.”