Dr. Jason Glass will be the next Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools per a unanimous vote of approval by the five-member Jeffco Board of Education May 16.
“I am tremendously honored and humbled to be the superintendent of Jeffco Public Schools,” Glass said to a full board room after his appointment Tuesday night. “As we now look to our future, we must focus on uniting our community behind a shared, positive, and student-centered vision. Our real and relentless enemies are ignorance and poverty – and they reign wherever division and ambiguity are present.
Glass said, in the coming days, months, and years he will call on each member of the community to stand behind Jeffco’s schools.
“As your superintendent I pledge to listen, and more importantly, to hear from all voices in the community – and you can count on me to boldly act in the best interest of our children,” Glass continued. “I am grateful for the Board of Education’s confidence, and I am ready to get to work.”
Glass’ three-year contract will begin in Jeffco on July 1 with a base salary of $265,000. Glass’ contact also outlines a contribution to a tax-sheltered annuity plan or plans in the amount equal to seven percent of the superintendent’s annual salary. Contributions to the plan or plans shall will begin on July 31 and be made on a monthly basis, according to the signed contract.
Previous Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee had a base salary of $220,000 with up to an additional $40,000 of performance pay bonuses.
The Jeffco school board decided Jan. 12 not to renew McMinimee’s contract, which was to expire in July.
They launched a nationwide search conducted by hiring firm Ray & Associates Inc. in February.
In March, McMinimee stepped down from his position as active superintendent of Jeffco Schools and took on an advisory position. He announced in April that he accepted the superintendent position with the New America School charter network in the Denver metro area. He starts that job July 1.
Glass, current superintendent of Eagle County Schools, was named by the Jeffco Board as the sole finalist for the position as head of Jeffco Schools at a special meeting held May 1.
Forty-five Jeffco community members spoke at at the May 16 special meeting in support of hiring Glass.
“We are very excited and pleased with your choice,” Ami Prichard, president of the Jeffco PTA told the board during public comment. “We look forward to building a strong, collaborative learning community.”
Before leading the 7,000-student Eagle County school district, Glass was Iowa’s director of education, serving as the state’s chief state school officer. He has also worked as Eagle County Schools’ director of research and assessment, as vice president of quality ratings with Qualistar Early Learning, held several posts with the Colorado Department of Education and worked as a university instructor and high school teacher in Kentucky.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and two master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky in education and political science. He has a doctorate in education from Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
“Dr. Glass has already begun to generate optimism and excitement in our schools,” said Board President Ron Mitchell. “He is truly an inspirational leader and all of us are looking forward to working with him in the future. I hope our entire community will come together and work collectively with Dr. Glass to help Jeffco Schools realize our vision to become one of the best school districts in the country. Our 86,000 students deserve nothing less from each of us. Together we can make our vision a reality.”
A welcome reception for Glass is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. June 8 at Lakewood High School. The community is invited to attend.