Conifer High School principal leaves for job in Jeffco schools administration

School restructures administration to fill vacancy

By Maya Dawson, Conifer High School
Posted 9/1/22

Conifer High School principal Wesley Paxton left the school Sept. 6 to become an interim community superintendent with Jeffco Public Schools.

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Conifer High School principal leaves for job in Jeffco schools administration

School restructures administration to fill vacancy

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Conifer High School principal Wesley Paxton left the school Sept. 6 to become an interim community superintendent with Jeffco Public Schools.

Paxton accepted the position at the end of August, resulting in changes to school administration. Current Assistant Principal Gregory Manier has become interim principal, and CHS learning specialist Bradley Horner has become the school’s interim assistant principal.

“It’s definitely difficult,” Paxton said of the changes. “I knew there would be a shock factor to it all when I found I got the job, but I try to reduce the anxiety because the administrative people I have coming in are great people, and they’re going to do a great job.”

Paxton has been the principal at CHS for nine years, and he replaced Mike Musick, who also left CHS to work at the district office in 2013. Paxton intends to remain active in the community by attending CHS sporting events and graduation this year.

As a Jeffco community superintendent, he will be responsible for training principals around the district on how to best support their schools.

As CHS administration adjusts to the new positions, there will be what Horner describes as a “trickle-down process,” in which the former administrator works with his successor during this transition period. 

“I appreciate all the kind words and concern that people are sharing with me, but we’re in a good place,” Paxton said.

Manier has been an assistant principal at CHS for 10 years, working closely with Paxton.

“I’ve really learned so much from (Paxton) that it should hopefully be a smooth transition,” Manier said.

He explained that students will not experience changes to their school day under the new administration. He wants to maintain the way the school is currently run and looks forwards to working with students and teachers more closely.

Horner’s promotion to assistant principal will leave CHS without a learning specialist. He will continue to teach two study skills classes in addition to taking on assistant principal responsibilities including managing school testing and discipline.

“I’m going to keep these classes and ensure those kids are supported until we figure out a way to support them better, and that’s going to be an ongoing conversation,” Horner said.

He added that it's a phenomenal opportunity. 

“I couldn’t have pictured a better fit for me than in this role," he said.

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