The Douglas County School Board is now screening applicants to be the district’s next superintendent and could announce finalists by its first board meeting in April. School board President David …
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The Douglas County School Board is now screening applicants to be the district’s next superintendent and could announce finalists by its first board meeting in April.
School board President David Ray said the district received between 100 and 150 applications from hopefuls throughout the region and nation. The district plans to announce three finalists by April 6, he said, and will then begin a community engagement session before announcing a sole finalist.
Community engagement will involve creating five panels of roughly 17 people each who will interview finalists, he said. There will be a panel of teachers and employees, building and department leaders, community members, students and cabinet members.
The district will also hold a livestreamed Q&A session with each finalist, Ray said. The public will be able to submit questions for finalists beforehand and a feedback form after watching, Ray said.
“I’m really pleased with that, it really ensures that anyone who wants to participate can at some level,” he said.
Douglas County Schools is one of four Denver metro area districts in the midst of a superintendent search, with tbe Cherry Creek School Board and Jeffco School Board recently announcing sole finalists in those districts’ searches, according to reports from Chalkbeat Colorado. Denver Public Schools is also conducting a superintendent search.
Former Douglas County School District Superintendent Thomas Tucker resigned in September and the district is now helmed by interim Superintendent Corey Wise.
Ray said the board will likely name its sole finalist on April 20.
The Douglas County School District’s search firm Frederick Andrews advertised its position at a salary range of $220,000 to $270,000. The application period closed March 18.
The job listing said ideal candidates will value diversity among students and parents, and will be approachable, transparent, someone whose leadership style is inclusive and equitable, and someone who “inspires trust, confidence and mutual respect” in the community.
Candidates must have had traditional public school educator experience, a master’s degree in an education field and preferably a doctorate, principal experience and central administration experience.
The search firm created the job description based on feedback from more than 6,800 people who completed a survey, according to the district.
Although anyone in the nation can apply, Ray said the regional focus in the district’s search is meant to find a candidate who is committed to Douglas County.
“‘I don’t want to just be a superintendent, I don’t want to move to Colorado, I want to be in Douglas County,’” he said. “We definitely wanted to make sure that they were committed to coming and invested in Douglas County School District.”
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