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Farmington superintendent reaches a contract deal in Colorado

In the same week the Farmington School Board made a decision on its new superintendent, former superintendent Brad Meeks finalized the details of his own new job.

The Steamboat Springs, Colo. School Board voted unanimously Monday to approve a contract with Meeks as that district's new leader. The Steamboat Pilot newspaper reported on its web page Monday night that Meeks was expected to arrive in the district Tuesday to sign the contract and spend time this week looking for housing.

The Steamboat Springs district chose Meeks over three other finalists last week.

Meeks spent eight years in Farmington before announcing his resignation in late February. In that time the district grew from 5,300 students to 6,500. That growth also included the construction of a new high school.

"Farmington has transformed into an educational leader," Meeks said in a statement released by the Farmington School District. The district has taken a strategic approach to improve all aspects of our operation.

"I will miss being involved with such an outstanding organization."

Steamboat Springs is a smaller district than Farmington. It has two elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school as well as an alternative program for high school students.

Meeks' contract calls for him to start in Steamboat Springs on July 15.

When he resigned in Farmington Meeks agreed to stay on as a transition superintendent until Aug. 31 unless he found a new job before that time.

Meeks' new contract will run until June 30 of 2012 unless it is extended by Feb. 1. It will pay him a $165,000 annual salary prorated to $158,654 because of his July 15 start date.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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