Lacy’s love of learning earns her superintendent spot

Susan Lacy will step into the superintendent's position starting July 1. Lacy was appointed by the Ridgway Board of Education in May.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


Ridgway School District will soon have a new face behind the superintendent’s desk. Susan Lacy, a Ridgway resident, was appointed to the position by the school board May 10 and will officially take the reins July 1. With current superintendent Steve Smith’s transition out of the district office already happening, Lacy believes she’ll have to conquer a learning curve before feeling fully in place.
Lacy’s son, Colin, is a school board member and recused himself early in the selection process. However, that recusal will take a long-term form in the near future. Colin, in response to a question about how he and the new superintendent would avoid any conflicts of interest, announced his intent to leave the board.
“While not a legal requirement, I have made the decision that it will ultimately be in the best interest of the district for me to transition off the Ridgway school board,” he said in an email Tuesday afternoon, stating he’d step down in a convenient window for the district. “In the meantime, I will continue to recuse myself from any discussion or decision-making that relates to the superintendent, including but not limited to performance, compensation and evaluation.”  
Smith was complimentary of Lacy’s appointment and believes...

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