Sep 16, 2009 4:07 PM by Bea Karnes

Pueblo City Schools names new superintendent

A woman who has spent her entire professional career with Pueblo City School has been tapped as the district's new superintendent.

Kathy West, who's been acting as interim superintendent, was named to the job Wednesday.

"We had an outstanding pool of candidates", said Board president Stephanie Garcia. "But when you look at the current needs to take the district to the next level, Kathy was the Board's choice. Kathy will add immediate value towards progressing the community led Strategic Plan."

West was one of four finalists.

West started as a teacher in 1971 at Hyde Park Elem., Goodnight Elem. and Eastwood Heights Elem. She rose to the principal ranks in 1992 at Goodnight Elem. Since 2004 she has served in various capacities in the district's administration.

West received her B.A. in Behavioral Sciences/Education in 1970 at the University of Southern Colorado; M.A. in Special Education from Adams State College in 1974 and a Colorado Type D licensure/Education Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1985.

"I am so fortunate to have spent my entire career in public education - and even more so in my home town of Pueblo," said West. "I have the utmost respect for everyone of our staff. I look forward to work them in furthering the vision of what Puebloans hold for the future. I embrace the opportunity to work closely with staff, students, parents and community members in realizing the full potential of every child in Pueblo."



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