The Custer County School District serves 389 students from preschool through grade 12.  The 62 staff members include: 29 teachers, 11 para-professionals, 4 administrators and 18 classified employees. Included in the staff members are a VOICE Coordinator, IT & GT Coordinator, Counselor and Librarian.  The district boasts highly qualified teachers in every core subject. Three teachers are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


Information about the district’s test scores can be found at


Points of Pride

  • The Custer County School District offers many academic opportunities, including Advanced Placement courses, online courses, partnerships with colleges for credit, and numerous electives.

  • The School boasts multiple Boettcher, Daniels and Hurliman scholarship winners.

  • GOT-IT Program - Graduation On Time through Internet Technology. This is an educator supervised online program.

  • State recognition for students in Choir, FFA, athletics and other extra-curricular activities.


Welcome Families!

I’d like an opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Joe Vergilio and I am the incoming principal for Custer County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.  It is an honor and pleasure to be a member of the Bobcat family!

A little about me.  I have been in education coming up on my 25th year.  I have taught at a variety of levels and have been a school administrator for what will be my fifth year now.  I
have an amazing family and am very blessed to have been involved with education throughout my career.  I have also coached youth football, baseball, and basketball in my spare time.

I am very excited about the opportunity to work cooperatively with students and families.  I think that together, we can do what is best for your child’s education.  I feel that through strong communication, common goals, and clear expectations, we can set our students up for success.  Working cooperatively, we build strong learners who are well prepared to become successful citizens.

With the school currently under remodel, I understand this year’s school calendar provides us with some challenges.  To help us navigate some of the changes, I have some important dates you may find useful.


  • July 31, 2019 – Free Sports Physicals – Custer County Health Agency (Call 719-783-3369 to schedule an appointment.)

  • August 6, 2019 - Free Sports Physicals – Custer County Health Agency (Call 719-783-3369 to schedule an appointment.)

  • August 7, 2019 – New Student Registration – This will be held at Lange Hall.

  • September 3, 2019 – No School – Staff Move in Date

  • September 4, 2019 – First Day of School Grades 6th-12th – K-5th will be testing – Preschool and KDG ILP Meetings by appointment

  • September 5, 2019 – Preschool Parent Orientation Meetings - AM 8:00 – 9:00 and PM 3:00 -4:00, Regular Schedule for Grades 1st-5th, MS 6th Grade/New Student Orientation 4:00-4:30 PM, MS/HS Open House 4:30-6:00 PM

  • September 9, 2019 – Kindergarten Classes Begin/Preschool Classes Begin

I am very excited and blessed to be a part of the Bobcat Family.  Please feel free to stop by and say hi.  I look forward to getting to know your student and your family.


Joe Vergilio

PreK-12 Principal

Go Bobcats!

Secondary School
Elementary School

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709 Main Street, P.O. Box 730, Westcliffe, CO 81252, School Office - (719) 783-2291, Fax - (719) 783-4944

Background photo courtesy of 2015 Custer County graduate Brittanee Bohannan


In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, Custer County School District does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as the compliance officer for the district:  Principal, Joe Vergilio, 709 Main Street, Westcliffe, CO 81252, (719) 783-4921.


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