William Wooddell was named as the new Assistant Superintendent for the Salida School District and is scheduled to begin work in his new role on July 1, 2022.

Wooddell, as the assistant superintendent, will be responsible for coordinating human resources and hiring, will oversee all district department managers, guide special education, gifted and talented education, assessment and testing, and district safety and security. The District will immediately begin a search for a principal for SMS for the ’22-’23 school year.

Mr. Wooddell brings more than 25 years of public school experience and is passionate about public education, learning, staff development, and continuous improvement. He is excited to be in this new position and wants to keep the district moving in a positive and growth-focused direction. He also acknowledges he wants to be a catalyst for positive changes in the schools and within the community.

Mr. Wooddell has been the principal at Salida Middle School for the past 9 years. Additionally, he has served on the Salida School District’s interest-based bargaining team, is a trained IBB facilitator, and has worked on a variety of District hiring, improvement, calendar, professional development, and emergency response planning teams and committees. He also has experience as a principal development coach with CDE.

Prior to moving to Salida, he worked in the Sheridan School system (Denver metro area) for nine years as both a successful turnaround Principal and as the District’s Performance Manager. Before that, he was a teacher, dean of students, and assistant principal in the Denver Public Schools.

Mr. Wooddell earned his BA from the University of Northern Colorado, and his MA from the University of Phoenix, and is currently completing his superintendent licensure program through UCCS. He has lived in Salida since 2013 with his wife and two daughters.