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Interim superintendent not among finalists for post


After leading the Douglas County School District for nearly two school years, interim Superintendent Erin Kane will not be given the opportunity to lead the district on a permanent basis.

Kane, who expressed her interest in the permanent post in January, took over as interim at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, after Elizabeth Fagen left the district for a position in the Humble Independent School District in Texas.

In December, the school board hired a firm to conduct a national search for a permanent superintendent.

The firm received 1,100 inquiries from nearly every state. After narrowing the list to 12 people, the school board selected three finalists that fit a leadership profile established earlier this year with community involvement.

Finalists were announced on March 29.

Kane, who is being paid $240,000 per year as interim superintendent, declined to comment on the board’s decision.

School board President David Ray said he could not comment on why Kane didn’t make the list of finalists because information on applicants who entered the search process is confidential. He can only comment on the three names that have been made public, he said.

Kane helped found charter school American Academy, which has a location in Castle Pines and two in Parker. Executive director of the school from 2013 until taking the interim DCSD position, she pointed to her leadership of the school’s community in her bid to win the job.

Laura Mutton, founder of Strong Schools Coalition, an organization composed of parents, students, teachers and community members, with an interest in the school district, said she has faith the school board is making the right decision given the community input it has received.

“I’d assume if Kane didn’t make the cut, she didn’t match up with what the community was asking for,” said Mutton, whose child went to Douglas County schools.

In an evaluation released last fall, the seven school board members at the time — which included current board members Ray, Wendy Vogel and Anne-Marie Lemieux, and four members no longer on the board — rated Kane based on four criteria: creating a work environment to increase employee satisfaction and reduce turnover, bringing stability to the district, performing budget analysis and communicating the need for a mill levy and bond tax measure.

Ray and Lemieux gave Kane generally low marks compared to those given by the other board members.


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