Search for new superintendent to continue as planned

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By Daniel Laverty

Even though Jeffco Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson will be leaving her position four months earlier than expected, it won’t change the process for finding a new leader for the district.

“We are still on course and will continue to search for a new superintendent,” Witt said Saturday.

The Jeffco Board of Education was tasked with finding a new superintendent after Stevenson announced her retirement Nov. 7. Her last day was slated for June 30, but she announced Saturday her last day will be Feb. 21.

Requests for proposals were sent to search firms in January. Four companies responded, and the school board settled on two search firms at its Feb. 5 study session. The board will interview Proact and Ray and Associates.

“Usually, you’ll want the firms to address their polices and strategies,” Betty Standley, Jeffco’s director of purchasing, told the board. “You’ll want to discuss fees, and we want them to demonstrate how they’ll operate.”

Teams from Proact and Ray and Associates will make presentations to the board Feb. 18. Each firm will have 30 minutes before facing 30 minutes of questions from board members.

According to the board’s goals, a contract with one of the search firms will be in place by March 1. The board hopes to have Jeffco’s new superintendent hired by early this summer.


District, board seek budget input

Jeffco Public Schools is seeking input from parents, teachers, students and community members as the district shapes its 2014-15 spending plan. 

A survey is posted at www
.surveymonkey.com/s/FPYYXMC and offers an opportunity to voice opinions on financial matters and priorities. The school board will approve the district’s budget in June.

Along with the survey, school board members will be hosting community meetings to discuss the budget and other issues:

• 6 to 7 p.m. March 3 — Evergreen High School and Standley Lake High School.

• 6 to 7 p.m. March 5 — Chatfield High School and Arvada West High School.

• 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 8 — Dakota Ridge High School and Lakewood High School.

The next Jeffco school board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at Golden High School, 701 24th St. For more information, visit www.jeffcopublicschools.org.