School District 27J has chosen a familiar face to help open the district’s newest elementary school.
David Felten, the principal at Henderson Elementary for the past nine years, has been selected as the first principal of the new Reunion Elementary, currently under construction in the Reunion community of Commerce City.
Prior to becoming Henderson principal, Felten was an assistant principal at Second Creek Elementary. He also taught at the elementary level in the Adams 12 School District for eight years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in mathematics at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and has a master’s degree in administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.
“I'm excited to have David taking the role of opening our newest elementary school,” said 27J Superintendent of Schools Dr. Chris Fiedler. “David Felten's knowledge and leadership at Henderson Elementary has elevated that school to a performance level rating in the state's academic performance frameworks system."
The move is bittersweet as he says goodbye to the staff and families of Henderson Elementary.
“Although it’s hard to say goodbye to parents, the hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to the children. I have loved watching them grow up into amazing young people,” he wrote in a letter sent home to Henderson parents.
His last day at Henderson will be Dec. 23. The process to name an interim principal for the remainder of the year is ongoing.
Reunion Elementary School, currently about 40 percent complete, is scheduled to open to students in August 2017. It will be the district’s 12th elementary school. Felten will officially start his work Jan. 9 as the school’s principal.
“I am excited about the challenge of opening a new school,” he said. “I hope to serve the community well.”
He plans to get Reunion students and families involved in the process of opening a new school, including the selection of a school mascot.
“I look forward to talking to Reunion Elementary students and families because I want them to have pride and ownership in our school,” Felten said.
Construction of the school is possible thanks to the support of 27J voters who approved a $248 million construction bond in 2015.