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Superintendent’s plan focuses on listening

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EAGLE — The new superintendent of Eagle County's schools refers to himself as "chief learner," and says that means he'll spend more time listening — both to supporters and critics — than talking during when he starts his new job.

Jason Glass's start date is July 1, and says his 100-day plan is already rolling.

"The goal is to emerge with a clear, shared understanding of where the district is and what the community's expectations are for the district," Glass said. "Then we can chart the path for where we must go together."

Glass will replace Sandra Smyser, the current Colorado Superintendent of the Year. She's leaving to be superintendent of the Poudre school district in Fort Collins.

Glass is Iowa's state director of education, serving as the state's chief state school officer. He was the human resources director for the Eagle County School District.

"This is an exciting and challenging time for public education," Glass said. "We're implementing substantial improvements in curricular systems and harnessing new technology that will accelerate and improve student learning. I know the parents of Eagle County are excited about this. Our best days are still to come."

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Glass said he has already initiated phase one of his three-phase 100-day plan, transitioning back into the district. He is meeting with school board members and district administrators, and is in regular contact with Smyser to ensure a smooth transition.

Phase two is listening to both the school district's supporters and critics, Glass said. He said that's where he hopes to gain an understanding of the district's strengths and challenges.

Phase three is a planning and sharing stage, he said. Glass said he will put together his observations and recommendations based on what he has heard. He said he will present those observations at the Oct. 22 school board meeting.

The day the school board offered him the superintendent position in Eagle County, his recommendations for the Iowa Department of Education were passed into law by the Iowa legislature.

Glass left Eagle County to take a position as the senior director of human capital strategy with Battelle for Kids, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving America's schools. With Battelle, he worked to help school districts and state departments of education across the country.

In Eagle County, Glass also worked as the school district's director of research and assessment and helped create the district's performance-pay program.

Glass held several posts with the Colorado Department of Education, and worked as a university instructor and high school teacher in Kentucky.

He earned his BA in political science, a M.Ed. in education, and an MA in political science from the University of Kentucky. He earned his Doctorate in Education from Seton Hall University.

"People are taking notice of the exceptional things happening for the students of Eagle County," Glass said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935, and rwyrick@vaildaily.com

Glass’s 100-Day plan

Incoming superintendent Jason Glass’s plan for his first 100 days on the job is available on the district website, eagleschools.net.