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Per the school board, the permanent superintendent must meet the following 10 criteria:
• Promotes a positive and professional environment that includes mutual trust and respect among district employees and the board.
• Is strongly committed to a “student-first” philosophy in all decisions.
• Possesses excellent people skills and can present a positive image of the district; is willing to listen to input and is a decision maker.
• Inspires trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism and models high standards of integrity and personal performance.
• Has experience recruiting and maintaining exceptional staff for the district and schools.
• Has experience as a classroom teacher or student support position in a school.
• Is a strong communicator in speaking, listening and writing.
• Has previous experience that will benefit the long-term financial health of the district, including successful experience in passing bond or mill levy increases.
• Can develop and communicate a vision of quality education for the future of the board, staff and community.
• Has knowledge of emerging research and best practice in the areas of curriculum/instructional design and practice.
For a full list of traits that the school board and community are looking for in a superintendent, visit www.dcsdk12.org/superintendent-search.
Using feedback from more than a dozen community meetings and an online survey, the Douglas County Board of Education has established the key characteristics it is looking for in a permanent superintendent.
“We are so incredibly thankful to the 3,000-plus educators, administrators, support staff, parents, students, business leaders and non-parent community members who provided feedback by completing an online survey,” David Ray, president of the school board, said in a news release. “In addition, many others took time out of their busy schedules to attend community input meetings which were held across the school district last month. The outpouring of community support and input has been critical to our search process.”
The school board has selected Ray and Associates, a school executive search firm based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to conduct the national search. Last year, Ray and Associates conducted a superintendent search for Jefferson County Public Schools and it is currently working with Boulder Valley School District to find its superintendent.
The application process for the Douglas County superintendent position will close on March 12. Finalists will be identified in early April, according to the school district.
In early January, interim Superintendent Erin Kane announced that she would apply for the permanent superintendent position. Kane was hired in 2016, at an annual salary of $240,000, after former superintendent Elizabeth Fagen resigned and took a position in the Humble Independent School District in Texas. In January 2016, the school board extended Kane's contract through the 2017-18 school year.
In December, the board voted 7-0 to hire a firm to conduct a national search for the permanent position.
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