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Eagle County Schools selects Qualman as new superintendent

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April 7, 2019, 8:43 am

A little over a year after picking his predecessor to head up the Eagle County school system, the district on Saturday night named assistant superintendent Phil Qualman to the top post in what’s been a messy process dating back to the departure of Jason Glass in 2017.

Phil Qualman

Currently interim superintendent, Qualman would take over for Carlos Ramirez, who was named superintendent in March of 2018 only to be let go in January of this year.

Here’s Saturday’s letter on Qualman’s selection, in both English and Spanish:

Dear Eagle County Schools colleagues,

After an arduous few days of interviews, community meet-and-greets, analysis of assigned performance tasks, and thorough deliberations, the Eagle County Schools Board of Education is excited to announce Philip Qualman as the new Superintendent for the school district. The actual contract and ratification of the selection will be completed at the April 24, 2019 Board of Education Meeting.

“We were fortunate to have three outstanding and dynamic finalists,” said Board President Kate Cocchiarella. “In the end, it was Philip’s in-depth institutional knowledge and vision for improving the strategic plan that made him the clear choice.”

Philip Qualman has been serving as the Interim Superintendent since February, but was previously Assistant Superintendent for three years, principal of Battle Mountain, assistant principal of Battle Mountain, and started with the district 15 years ago as a high school social studies teacher.

“Philip’s years of progressive leadership in the district are indicative of his ability to establish and maintain relationships,” Cocchiarella continued. “He has innovative ideas, makes data-driven decisions, and puts students first.”

In a Superintendent selection process, here’s what happens next. Once a Board of Education selects their candidate, the offer is made and generally accepted. The other finalists are notified of the decision. The Board of Education will choose two of its members to enter into contract negotiations with the selectee. A minimum of fourteen days must pass, during which terms of the contract are finalized. At the next Board of Education meeting following the fourteen day period, the Board will officially vote to hire Philip Qualman as Superintendent and approve his contract. This is expected to happen at the April 24, 2019 Board Meeting.

Please join us in congratulating Philip Qualman as our new Superintendent, and thank you to all who participated in the interviewing process.


Estimados colegas de las Escuelas del Condado  Eagle:

Después de unos arduos días de entrevistas, reuniones para conocer a los candidatos con la comunidad, análisis de tareas de desempeño asignadas y unas deliberaciones exhaustivas, la Junta Directiva de Educación de las Escuelas del Condado Eagle se complace en anunciar a Philip Qualman como el nuevo Superintendente para el distrito escolar. El contrato actual y la ratificación de la selección se completarán en la reunión de la Junta Directiva del 24 de abril del 2019.

“Tuvimos la suerte de tener a tres finalistas destacados y dinámicos”, dijo la Presidenta de la Junta Directiva, Kate Cocchiarella. “Al final, fue el profundo conocimiento institucional y la visión de Philip para mejorar el plan estratégico que lo convirtió en la opción más clara”.

Philip Qualman se ha desempeñado como Superintendente Interino desde febrero, pero anteriormente fue Asistente del Superintendente durante tres años, director de Battle Mountain, subdirector de Battle Mountain, y comenzó hace 15 años en el distrito como maestro de estudios sociales en la preparatoria.

“Los años de liderazgo progresivo de Philip en el distrito son indicativos de su capacidad para establecer y mantener relaciones”, continuó Cocchiarella. “Tiene ideas innovadoras, toma decisiones basadas en datos de información y pone a los estudiantes como prioridad”.

En un proceso de selección del Superintendente, esto es lo que sucede después. Una vez que la Junta Directiva de Educación selecciona a su candidato, la oferta se hace y generalmente se acepta. Los otros finalistas son notificados de la decisión. La Junta Directiva de Educación elegirá a dos de sus miembros para entrar en negociaciones de contrato con el seleccionado. Deben transcurrir un mínimo de catorce días, durante los cuales se finalizan los términos del contrato. En la próxima reunión de la Junta Directiva de Educación después del período de catorce días, la Junta Directiva votará oficialmente para contratar a Philip Qualman como Superintendente y aprobar su contrato. Se espera que esto suceda en la reunión de la Junta Directiva del 24 de abril de 2019.

Únase a nosotros para felicitar a Philip Qualman como nuestro nuevo Superintendente, y gracias a todos los que participaron en el proceso de entrevistas.

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