TORRINGTON – The Goshen County School District No. 1 Board of Trustees have accepted the retirement of Superintendent Jean Chrostoski, who is currently under investigation by the Goshen County Sheriff’s Office for allegedly leaving the scene of a vehicle accident after the district’s Christmas party on Dec. 21.
Last week, Goshen County Sheriff Jeremy Wardell confirmed there is an ongoing investigation surrounding the crash. No charges had been filed because numerous eyewitnesses were still being interviewed by law enforcement officials.
As of Friday afternoon, no charges have been filed with the Goshen County Attorney’s Office. A representative of the office told the Telegram the case was still under investigation.
The GCSD board accepted Chrostoski’s retirement during a special meeting Thursday night. In a letter presented to the board, Chrostoski said she has been “struggling with this decision since I turned 60 in September, and have spent the last few months trying to determine when the right time would be to retire.”
However, Chrostoski told the Casper Star-Tribuneon Friday the crash and the ensuing investigation played a part in her decision to retire, though her decision wasn’t “entirely related” to the investigation.
Chrostoski’s retirement will go into effect on Feb. 1. In her letter to the board, she wrote that her decision was based on what she feels is best for the future of the district.
“I feel with a new board, it's an opportune time to come together and decide the type of leader you wish to have for the district,” she wrote. “The only two remaining board members from when I was hired are Dean (Harshberger) and Jeff (McClun). I love the energy and new ideas, but you need to have someone fulfill them who will be here for the next 5 years or more.
“I cannot express the gratitude I have for all of you who have supported me along the way. I have truly loved this job, but feel it's time to re-invent myself in a different capacity within the community. Goshen County is my home. I have no intentions of going anywhere.”