Florence-Penrose School District board hires Dr. Brenda Krage as new superintendent

New superintendent set to start in summer

By Sara Knuth

The Daily Record

POSTED:   03/12/2018 08:18:08 PM MDT

Dr. Brenda Krage speaks during a forum Friday.
Dr. Brenda Krage speaks during a forum Friday. (Chris Graham / Daily Record)

After an eight-month search, the Florence-Penrose School Board voted unanimously Monday to hire a new superintendent.

Dr. Brenda Krage, the current superintendent of the Platte Canyon School District in Bailey, was selected as the district's new leader. She is set to begin July 1, the board decided Monday.

Joe Caruso, the board's president, said Krage was chosen "because she was highly qualified and would meet the needs of the district overall."

Krage, who has 20 years of experience as an education administrator, will replace Superintendent Rhonda Roberts, who plans to retire after 31 years in education. She spent 27 of those years with the Florence-Penrose School District.

"I know that the board as a whole is going to miss Rhonda," Caruso said. "She's done a lot of very good things for our school district."

He also said she leaves behind a legacy that will be hard to match. But as the district transitions to new leadership, Caruso said, "we do believe Dr. Krage is very willing and capable to do just that."

In a public forum Friday, Krage said her decision to apply at the Florence-Penrose School District was a related to family.

"Right now, my personal life and professional life, I love them both, but they are very separated," she said.

Before moving to the Platte Canyon School District, Krage spent 16 years in administrative roles, including as the assistant superintendent, at Pueblo City Schools. She also worked for three years in Pueblo's District 70.

Welcome to Fremont RE-2 School District

Fremont RE-2 School District is a consolidated and joint school district. The district serves the communities of Williamsburg, Rockvale, Coal Creek, Penrose, and Wetmore. Florence is the home of the district's administration offices, Fremont Elementary School, Fremont Middle School, and Florence High School, newly built in 2006. Penrose is home to a K-5 elementary school built in 2005.
Florence is located in close proximity to Canon City, Pueblo and Colorado Springs, and a two-hour drive from Denver.

The Plains and Pueblo Reservoir lie about 20 minutes east of Florence. The area is indeed blessed with great diversity in geography, enterprise and culture. The city of Florence has become a mecca for antique dealers and shoppers. Penrose is rich in agricultural produce, especially apple orchards, and Wetmore is a fertile ranching community

The Climate in the area of the Arkansas Valley has been known as the "Banana Belt". Winters are generally mild and summers are warm but comfortable. Fremont County
is a great place to live and enjoy. 

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