Ignacio High welcomes Gullion as principal, Fjerstad to retire

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School District votes to increase pay scale 

Ignacio High School is proud to announce the appointment of Alisha Gullion as the new principal for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year. Gullion will assume the leadership role following the retirement of Barbara Fjerstad, marking a significant transition for the School District. 

With a passion for education, Gullion brings a youthful approach with a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to the success and well-being of Ignacio High School students. Having served as a dedicated educator within the school district for eight years, Gullion is well-positioned to lead Ignacio High School into its next chapter of excellence and achievement. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Alisha Gullion as the new principal of Ignacio High School,” Ignacio School District Superintendent, Christopher deKay said, “Her experience, dedication, and understanding of our school community make her the ideal candidate to lead our school forward.” 

As a respected educator and leader, Gullion has demonstrated a strong commitment to fostering a positive learning environment, promoting academic excellence, and supporting the development of students. Her collaborative approach and passion for education will further strengthen the Ignacio High School community and enhance the educational experience for all students. 

“I am thankful for the opportunity and excited to support Ignacio High School students, families, and staff in our continued growth and success,” Gullion said.  

Barbara Fjerstad has been an integral part of the Ignacio High School and the entire Ignacio School District community for 24 years, providing steadfast leadership, guidance, and support to students, staff, and families. The Ignacio School District extends its deepest gratitude to Fjerstad for her dedicated service and wishes her a fulfilling retirement. 

The appointment of Gullion represents an exciting new chapter for Ignacio High School. Ignacio School District looks forward to embarking on this journey under the leadership of Gullion. 


Board votes to increase pay 


In a move to prioritize staff retention and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of its educators and support staff, the Ignacio School District Board has unanimously approved a significant raise in the pay scale. 

Effective in the new academic year, the Board has authorized a $7,000 increase to the base of the pay scale for certified positions and a $4 raise for classified positions within the district. This decision reflects the unwavering commitment of the Board to support its educators and staff members and ensure their continued dedication to serving the students and community. 

“We recognize the important role our teachers and staff play in shaping the future of our students and community,” deKay said, “By making this decision, we aim to not only attract but also retain staff, while keeping a positive environment for student success.” 

The Ignacio School District Board remains committed to fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and support within the district. This strategic investment in staff compensation prioritizes the well-being and professional growth of its employees. It serves as a testament to the Board’s dedication to encouraging a supportive and rewarding work environment where educators and staff members can thrive and excel. 

For more information about Ignacio High School and updates regarding the new principal transition or the recent pay scale increase, please visit www.ignacioschools.org or contact 970-563-0500. 

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