by Carol Dunn
LA VETA-La Veta Elementary Principal Betty Trahern will retire as of August 1, 2008. According to Superintendent Dave Seaney, Ms. Trahern’s letter was received this week and will be voted on by the School Board at its July 15 meeting. Seaney said, “Betty did a great job for the school district, and we’re very appreciative of her efforts and the wonderful things she has done.”
According to Seaney, July is not a good time of the year to be looking for a new principal. He said with the help of the elementary staff, they will get through the year without a principal. He expects recruitment for a replacement to take place early next year, when, as he put it, “there will be a good pool of candidates.”
“We have a fabulous teaching staff. Our people do a great job, and the school is performing well,” Seaney said. He explained that teacher committees will be set up and stipends provided to spread out the duties, for instance curriculum review. “This is an issue we’ll deal with,” Seaney added, “but it won’t be as good as Betty being there.”
Ms. Trahern could not be reached before press time for comment.