Specific details regarding the exit of Park County School District RE-2 Superintendent Joe Torrez are not yet known, but a brief statement was released by the district Tuesday morning announcing his departure effective Dec. 31.
Written and released by the PCSD RE-2 Board of Education, the statement, in its entirety, is as follows:
“Today, November 5, 2019, the Park County School District Re-2 Board of Education and Superintendent Joe Torrez reached a Separation Agreement. Mr. Torrez will remain as superintendent through December 31, 2019, and provide consulting services as requested by the Board thereafter.
The Board will begin exploring options for a replacement immediately so that a smooth transition of leadership can begin. The Board is focused on moving forward and completing a successful school year.”
Torrez’s tenure began July 3, 2017. His departure comes at a time when the organizational structure of the board itself is also in a state of transition, as Kim Bungaard, board president, recently announced her resignation effective Nov. 17.
Teachers throughout the district went on strike from Oct. 13-24, but returned to the classroom under a New Professional Agreement. The temporary agreement calls for an independent federal mediator to assist in reaching an eventual settlement between the district and its educators regarding a variety of issues revolving primarily around teachers’ salaries.