This is indeed sad news. I covered the school board for the Berthoud Surveyor, and always found Steve to be dedicated, professional and knowledgeable.
This came from the Thomoson School District website.
Thompson School District Announces the Passing of Chief Financial Officer Stephen Towne
Thompson School District is extremely saddened to announce that Chief Financial Officer Stephen Towne lost his life early this morning as a result of injuries from an automobile accident in Fort Collins.
Steve joined the district in 2005. As Chief Financial Officer, he led the district’s Business Services department, which manages all financial systems for the school district.
“I was incredibly devastated when I heard the news this morning,” said Bob Kerrigan, Thompson School District Board of Education President. “Whenever I think of Steve, I always think of the word ‘integrity.’ He was such an honorable person. He was an outstanding leader for the district and we will miss his dedication and extraordinary wit. Steve was my constant on this board; he was always there for me when I needed him and he taught me so much about school finance and how it all relates to the district. When I joined the Board of Education in 2011, I quickly saw how well-respected Steve was by his department and all throughout the district who he worked with. Spending time with his team members, it was evident today just how much they loved him. He will be greatly missed.”
“Steve was so much a part of what this district is all about,” said Dr. Stan Scheer, Superintendent of Schools. “It’s difficult to believe that he is really gone. His character was always demonstrated by his actions. He constantly tried to re-frame problems around solutions. I never heard him say a bad thing about anybody. His sense of caring was demonstrated in constantly challenging his own conclusions, because he knew how important the work he was doing was to everybody in this school district. I know that he carried that with him as a huge responsibility to do all that he could to find the best solutions possible to some very difficult challenges. He was a team player and a giant of a man and he dearly loved his family. He has left a hole in this community that cannot truly be replaced.”
Out of respect for Steve’s family, district staff members and the community, all Board of Education activities are hereby postponed until the board’s regular business meeting on Wednesday, February 18.
For more information, please contact Michael Hausmann, Thompson School District Public Information Officer, at 970-613-5011 or at firstname.lastname@example.org