EAGLE — The new head of Eagle County’s schools will hit the ground running, literally.
Jason Glass is rolling out a six-town whistle stop tour Monday, his first day on the job, beginning in Vail and working his way west to Gypsum. Glass says he wants to meet people in the community, so he’s going to where the people are.
“I’m honored and humbled to lead Eagle County Schools,” Glass said. “Ours is an exceptional district with motivated parents, community leaders, and foundations who regularly go above and beyond what is expected for the sake of the community’s children. I’m excited to meet the community and get to work for them.”
His schedule includes business owners, local officials, PTA members, staff and foundation members — but don’t let that put you off. He says he’ll talk with just about anyone.
His day ends with a private meeting with recent graduates and recent dropouts over pizza, during the second half of his time at Eagle Valley High School. He said he’s looking for their fresh perspective on the district.
Glass first made his national reputation as the human resources director for the Eagle County school district. In fact, he and his family kept their home here in the valley, and is moving back into it.
His latest stop was 2 1/2 years as director of Iowa’s state Department of Education, and he’s headed back here from Des Moines. He left Iowa Friday afternoon, and starts in Eagle County Monday morning.
Glass paved the way for Eagle County’s pay-for-performance compensation plan a decade ago, overcoming vocal opposition. That led to a consultant job in Ohio and then the Iowa job.
In Iowa, Glass helped push through Gov. Terry Branstad’s education reform, changing the way teachers are paid, evaluated and promoted; new testing for students and more deference to home schoolers.