Mitch Houston lauded for work on Clear Creek school board

Deb Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 12/6/21

Mitch Houston has bid farewell to the Clear Creek school board. Houston, who served on the board for eight years, six of them as board president, was term limited and could not run for the position again. The board elected Sandi Schuessler as the new president on Nov. 30.

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Mitch Houston lauded for work on Clear Creek school board

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Mitch Houston has bid farewell to the Clear Creek school board.

Houston, who served on the board for eight years, six of them as board president, was term limited and could not run for the position again. The board elected Sandi Schuessler as the new president on Nov. 30.

Superintendent Karen Quanbeck, other board members, staff and students lauded Houston for his unwavering support for the district.

Chris Gould, Clear Creek Middle School/High School principal, said teachers were especially grateful for Houston's work to create the new Golddigger Field at the high school, for his leadership in the school board changing some grading policies, for his consistent support of the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon that benefits the Clear Creek Boosters and for the way he has supported students through the years.

“From my staff, thank you for all of your support of students and staff, and your commitment to our district,” Gould said.

Quanbeck lauded Houston for tirelessly working both publicly and behind the scenes on behalf of the district.

“You have created this ripple that has impacted those who have graduated and students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten,” she told him at his last school board meeting on Nov. 30. “You have made Clear Creek a better place for past, present and future kids. From the bottom of my heart as a superintendent, thank you.”

Houston was presented with a plaque, gifts and a resolution thanking him for his service. The resolution, read by Schuessler, listed many of his accomplishments while on the board and the many county and community boards on which he represented the district.

The resolution says, in part, “The Board of Education hereby expresses its gratitude to Mitch for his service on the Board of Education, for his sound business advice and valued counsel, and for all that he has contributed to the Board of Education and to the Clear Creek School District.”

As he departed the meeting, Houston gave a one-sentence piece of advice to the board: “Don't take the easy way out.”

In an interview, Houston said his greatest achievement was helping the school board hire Quanbeck as superintendent two and a half years ago.

“That's a no brainer,” Houston said. “Without strong leadership that people are willing to follow … the other achievements don't matter. (Quanbeck) puts kids first.”

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