Eagle County school board strides confidently into superintendent search
May 4, 2017
EAGLE — The school board took its first steps Thursday to replace their outgoing superintendent.
Dr. Jason Glass announced last week that he's leaving Eagle County Schools to be the new superintendent in Jefferson County.
In a special meeting, the school board appointed a committee to select the firm to lead the search. They'll announce that decision during next Wednesday's regular meeting.
They would bring in an interim superintendent for the 2017-18 school year.
After a complete and public process, the goal is for the new superintendent to start for the 2018-19 school year.
No reason to hurry
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In the meantime, the search firm they hire will help them find their interim, as well as Glass' permanent replacement.
Timing is everything, and while they could conceivably get a new superintendent in place by this summer, the process would be rushed, said school board president Katie Cocchiarella.
This makes it a more reasoned, careful and publicly transparent approach, she said.
They'll schedule several community meetings to gather ideas about what people want, Cocchiarella said.
Going to Jeffco
Glass' contract with Eagle County Schools required him to tell board members when he applied for another position. He gave them the news six weeks ago when he submitted an application, he said.
Glass was one of 800 candidates who expressed interest in the Jeffco job. From those 800, 69 candidates formally applied and a handful of semifinalists were selected.
Glass was the only finalist, and the Jeffco school board voted unanimously to extend him the contract.
The school board could not talk about it in public until after the announcement that Glass was leaving, Cocchiarella said.