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Niwot High's Eric Rauschkolb named Colorado's secondary principal of the year
By Amy Bounds for the Times-Call
Niwot High Principal Eric Rauschkolb has been chosen the 2017 Colorado Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals sponsors the principal of the year program. The award recognizes "outstanding middle level and high school principals."
Selection criteria include personal excellence, collaborative leadership, curriculum, instruction, assessment and personalization of learning opportunities for students.
"This award really is a recognition of all the hard work that everybody has done at Niwot High," Rauschkolb said.
Rauschkolb, who has worked as a school administrator for 12 years, is in his third year as principal at Niwot High. He came to Niwot from Ohio.
"The foundation of excellence, community support and outstanding staff made Niwot High very appealing," he said.
Through his leadership, the Niwot High motto has been updated to "At Niwot High School, You Matter!," representing a climate shift to focus on the needs of individual students beyond achievement and test scores, according to his nomination.
He said one of the accomplishments he's most proud of is working with staff members at the 1,300-student school to increase participation in sports and activities from 62 percent to 91 percent.
"Students who are involved in something outside the normal school day do better in many, many areas," he said. "We want to provide our students with as many opportunities as possible." Advertisement
According to his nomination, staff members at the school also praised his "personalized and positive leadership style."
Examples include teacher-tailored professional development, a "good news share" during monthly staff meetings and bringing in professional speakers to encourage staff to pursue their own learning.
Rauschkolb now is eligible for National Principal of the Year recognition, which will be announced later this year. He also will represent Colorado and be honored along with other state winners in Washington, D.C., in early fall.