Jefferson County Public Schools has narrowed down the qualifications for its next superintendent.
Throughout February, the district held 13 stakeholder focus groups, five community and six staff forums, and conducted a superintendent profile survey. These planned opportunities for community engagement in the superintendent search process helped define the characteristics of a Jeffco superintendent as the Board of Education moves into the recruiting and screening portion of the search process.
The number one ranked quality among all focus groups was someone who “inspires trust, self-confidence and models high standards.” The second-highest ranked quality was someone who is a strong communicator. Third: someone who has “leadership skills to respond to challenges.”
“If we learned anything from the survey, I think our teachers in particular are crying out for that leadership role to be addressed,” said board member Brad Rupert during the March 9 study session.
In January, the Jeffco Board of Education contracted with Ray and Associates to manage the search for a new superintendent after deciding not to renew Dan McMinimee’s contract, which expires June 30. The firm is the same that was used when McMinimee was hired.
On March 2, Jeffco Schools announced a joint decision by the board and McMinimee for him to step out of his role as superintendent effective immediately.
McMinimee will remain with the district through the end of his contract term, but will not have day-to-day responsibility for the operation of Jeffco Public Schools. Instead, he will be available to the board in an advisory capacity and will assist as needed in the transition to a new superintendent.
Terry Elliott, who previously served as chief school effectiveness officer, will serve as interim acting superintendent as the Board of Education goes through the superintendent search process.
These decisions were made final March 9, with a vote on the consent agenda at the board meeting.
Moving forward with the search process, Ray and Associates will advertise the approved-upon criteria. The deadline for all applications is April 10, and the first round of candidate interviews is scheduled for the end of April.