No. 5 top story of 2020: Superintendent firing shakes school

  • Former Ouray School District Superintendent Scott Pankow, pictured here at the school’s 2019 graduation, was fired in March by School Board members who cited concerns about a lack of communication, leadership and accountability Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer
    Former Ouray School District Superintendent Scott Pankow, pictured here at the school’s 2019 graduation, was fired in March by School Board members who cited concerns about a lack of communication, leadership and accountability Erin McIntyre — Ouray County Plaindealer
  • Bayfield Middle School Principal Todd Lokey was hired as the new Ouray School District superintendent following a national search. The 1995 Montrose High School graduate grew up playing in the San Juan Mountains. Carolina Brown—Ouray County Plaindealer
    Bayfield Middle School Principal Todd Lokey was hired as the new Ouray School District superintendent following a national search. The 1995 Montrose High School graduate grew up playing in the San Juan Mountains. Carolina Brown—Ouray County Plaindealer
For some, the firing of longtime Ouray School District Superintendent Scott Pankow was a natural outgrowth of simmering School Board dissatisfaction with his communication and concern about a lack of progress in a host of areas where he was expected to improve. For others, it was a dismaying disruption in leadership at a school that, academically speaking, was consistently one of the highest…

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