GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) -- District 51 announced it's new superintendent Thursday night, and he has ties to Mesa County.
The board picked Dr. Ken Haptonstall, CMU grad, who is the current superintendent at Garfield County School District 16 in Parachute.
He worked with D51 in the late 90's at East Middle School and was an assistant principal at Fruita Middle School.
Haptonstall said he hopes to rebuild trust between the community and the school district.
“The real difference is I have worked in systems very similar to this, in that we have been competency-based, proficiency-based learning for the last five years,” said Ken Haptonstall.
It was a unanimous and quick decision of the board on Thursday.
“Dr. Haptonstall brings a history of moving his district forward, in areas that parallel where we are going as a district,” said school board member Tom Parrish. “It wasn't a question of an insider or outsider with this board, our ultimate goal to get someone who’s the best person we could.”
The board still needs to do fingerprint and background checks, as well as start negotiating a contract before the decision is completely final.
If all goes as planned, Dr. Haptonstall will start this summer once current superintendent Steve Schultz retires. Schultz has served as superintendent since 2009.