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January 4, 2019

To the citizens of the Castle Rock School District:

Below this message is a press release announcing my retirement from education effective June 30, 2019.  

My wife Joanne and I have been discussing this for many months because she made the decision to retire well before I was ready to think about it - she wanted to serve for five years in Washington and this is her fifth year. However, several key things and events have brought me to the same place: We aren't getting any younger but our grandchildren are definitely growing up way too fast; We have always wanted to travel both inside and outside of our great country; and we want to experience many of the most important things on our 'bucket list' while we are in good health.

This was a particularly difficult decision for me because of all of you and the great community we all love.  This community is a very special one with outstanding leadership and volunteerism.  

Castle Rock will always have a piece of my heart and I will always closely follow the progress of the District and Community.  It has been an honor to be a part of your team!

In the coming years, Joanne and I plan to split our time between Florida, Nashville (two daughters and seven grandchildren) and Portland/Castle Rock (three sons and one grandson on the way in March).  

However, there are six months left until June 30, 2019 and our CR team has a lot of good work to accomplish in that time.  I'm ready to finish strong with you!



Castle Rock Superintendent to Retire


Jim Mabbott, the Superintendent of the Castle Rock School District, will retire on June 30, 2019 after 40 years in education including twenty-five as a superintendent.  Mr. Mabbott is completing his third year in the district.


Mabbott informed the Castle Rock School Board of his decision last month.  ‘It has been an honor and privilege to serve the students and families of this amazing school district and community’ said Mabbott.


With the City of Castle Rock and the Castle Rock School District working together over the last three years, the school district, the city and the community have all benefited from these partnerships.


Mabbott stated that ‘this is the most supportive School Board I have ever worked with.  None of the Directors have an individual agenda to accomplish’.  Mabbott says the right people are now in place and strong programs are being added to allow the students to grow stronger academically.  ‘The schools are full of caring, talented teachers, administrators and support staff.’


School Board Chair Andy Ogden added ‘We were saddened to hear about Jim’s plan to retire, but the Board understands and supports it. We would like to thank him for the hard work and service to our district. He will leave behind very large shoes to fill. I know I speak for the whole Board when I say that we will miss him, and we wish him a long and happy retirement.


Mabbott intends to ‘finish strong’ through June 30.  ‘We have a lot to do in the next six months.’


The Castle Rock School Board will meet to discuss replacing Mabbott on January 15, 2019 at 6:00pm in the Castle Rock Elementary School Library.



Jim Mabbott, Superintendent 


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