Range View Elementary School Principal Dan Seegmiller is being considered as the potential successor to Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District Superintendent Karen Trusler, who will retire June 30, 2015.
In a letter to the Re-4 staff from school board President Sean Ash on Wednesday, Ash wrote: “Karen announced her intentions with plenty of advance notice in order to give the board sufficient time to work on succession planning. The board has been fortunate over the years to be able to identify successor leaders from within our organization who have had the benefit of learning from the exceptional leaders before them. That was the case with Karen and with Brian Lessman before her. The board currently believes that it is in a similar position now with Dan Seegmiller, principal of Range View Elementary. Based upon our observations of how Dan has performed over the years and our knowledge of his professional qualifications and personal qualities, the board intends to consider Dan as the potential successor to Karen.”
Seegmiller, 39, is in his ninth year as a principal in the school district (4 years at Tozer Primary School in Windsor, 1 year at the district office planning the opening of Range View in Severance and 4 years at Range View).
“I’m very honored not just for the trust that it puts in me, but for the opportunity to work with this community,” Seegmiller said Thursday. “I have loved Windsor since I got here. I’ve appreciated Windsor and Severance. I couldn’t ask for better parents and better kids and better staff. I’m very excited.”
Trusler said Seegmiller is an individual who exemplifies excellence in every area.
“He is a person who has the highest standards of character for himself and expectations for others,” Trusler said. “He cares deeply about our students, staff and community. He leads through his own example of hard work, wisdom, positivity and encouragement.”
Trusler said the two have had many conversations over the last nine years on probably every educational issue imaginable.
“I know he always has the best interests of our students at the heart of any situation,” Trusler said. “I believe Dan will lead our district to higher levels of achievement and excellence because of who he is as an individual, his dynamic skills, and his strong focus as a servant leader.”
Seegmiller lives in Fort Collins and said he’ll move to Windsor with his wife, Shereece, and their three children, Reese, 13, Amy, 10, and Matt, 5, should he be named superintendent.
A possible new high school in Severance and upgrading the district’s technology would be two things on Seegmiller’s plate.
“This is much sooner than maybe I had anticipated,” Seegmiller said of the possible new position of leading the school district. “I thought maybe closer to the end of my career, but the opportunity came available. Being the breadwinner in the family right now and trying to decide what was right for my family, I wasn’t sure that it was the right time. But the more that my wife and I discussed it and the more that we thought about it, what it really came down to is this town has had a succession of great school boards and it’s had a succession of great school support and good leadership. This just feels right and this would be a great opportunity.”
Ash said Trusler, who has been a teacher, elementary school principal, teacher on special assignment for standards and assessments and superintendent in the school district since 1977, will leave a lasting legacy of excellent service to the Re-4 students, staff, and families in the district.
“It goes without saying that she will be very difficult to replace,” Ash said.
Ash said the board will not be in a position to formally consider Seegmiller as the new superintendent until next school year, nor to act on any appointment without going through the official notification procedures required.
Trusler was appointed superintendent in spring 2006, and Seegmiller will most likely be appointed without the school district opening up the position for interviews.
“By declaring our present thinking now, however, it is our desire that Karen will be able to work with Dan during the coming months to ensure that, if Dan were to be officially selected in 2015, he will be able to hit the ground running, having the benefit of being mentored by the best,” Ash said.
It is not known whether Seegmiller, who started out in the school district as principal at Tozer Primary, will continue as principal at Range View for the 2014-15 school year or train under Trusler full time at the district office.
“The board is still discussing how the transition will take place this next school year,” Trusler said. “I know he will be involved in more district level responsibilities as well as leading some of our district initiatives. I certainly look forward to working more closely with Dan next year as we both make a transition.”
“This is much sooner than maybe I had anticipated. I thought maybe closer to the end of my career, but the opportunity came available.
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