OURAY SCHOOL: New assistant principal looking forward to meeting students and community

By Sheridan Block

School is just around the corner, and Ouray students have many changes to look forward to in the upcoming year. With the retirement of three loved and respected instructors, new members have joined the staff in an effort to continue the school’s streak of excellence, including Ken Nelson, Ouray’s brand new assistant principal.

A new role this year, the assistant principal position was created to help relieve the heavy workload of Ouray School District superintendent and principal Scott Pankow. As the assistant principal, Nelson will act as a guidance counselor, manage student discipline and aid in teacher evaluations and educational leadership.
Nelson brings years of experience in education and administration to the school district. For the last four years he was principal at Arriba-Flagler Consolidated School District in Flagler, Colorado — a school comparable in size to Ouray School, he said. Before that, he taught physical education and health at Bonner Springs in Kansas City, Kansas.
Joining the school in a new position, Nelson said he “feels pretty comfortable” in the role he’s been assigned.
“Being a K-12 principal and having that experience in a school of similar size is beneficial because you wear many hats,” he said. “Scott (Pankow) hasn’t asked me to do anything I haven’t done myself.”
What attracted Nelson to the position was...

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