The Eagle County School District announced Monday that Jason Mills has been selected as the principal of Battle Mountain High School in Edwards after a year as acting principal.
Prior to this school year, Mills served as the school principal at Stone Creek Charter School, an independent K-8 school with three campuses across the county. Prior to that, Mills spent more than 10 years at Eagle County Charter Academy, serving in a variety of roles including teacher, team leader and board director.
Mills stepped into the role of interim manager at Battle Mountain last June, taking over from Rob Parish, who took on the role of assistant manager. Parish decided to focus more on his role as head coach of the high school cross country team.
The interview process for the Principal of Battle Mountain included three group interviews involving representatives of staff, student body, power model, building administrators and parents.
Although the panel was asked to submit at least two finalists to Superintendent Philip Qualman for consideration, during final deliberations it became apparent that Mills was the 20-person panel’s unanimous recommendation to take on the role on a permanent basis. The panel noted that the school’s learning culture continues to be at the forefront of his desire to continue in this position. Qualman considered the panel’s recommendation when making the final decision.
“I can say with confidence that Jason Mills stood out as the best candidate for our school among equally qualified candidates,” said Sandy Borel, language arts teacher and head of the English department at the high school. . “As he transitions from acting principal to a more permanent role here, we all look forward to continuing our collaboration with Mr. Mills and contributing to his vision for our school.”
As Assistant Superintendent supporting Battle Mountain High School, Dr. Katie Jarnot said, “It has been a tough year and Jason has shown excellent leadership skills throughout. We couldn’t be happier to offer him the job in the future.
Mills holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Education in Leadership from Colorado State University. He also holds a master’s degree and a teaching license in social studies from the Colorado Department of Education, earned through coursework at Colorado State University.
“Battle Mountain High School’s commitment to fostering a culture of engaged, creative and connected learners is inspiring, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to its collective success,” said Mills. “I have seen the dedication of the entire staff to putting our students first and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me and, more importantly, the entire student body at Battle Mountain High School.”