For Immediate Release
August 3, 2016
The Douglas County School District Board of Education named Erin Kane, Executive Director of Schools at American Academy, as the sole finalist for interim superintendent at the board meeting on August 2 . Two candidates were interviewed for the position, Kane and Dr. Jim Calhoun, former Principal of Castle View High School.
Amid controversial reforms sanctioned by the Board of Education and former superintendent, Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, in recent years, teacher turnover in DCSD has increased substantially from 10.17% in 2010 to 19.72% in 2016. Additionally, a growing discontentment among the parents of Douglas County has resulted from constructivist changes to the instructional methods in DCSD schools and the overall destabilization of the schools in the district.
Douglas County Parents (DCP) is disappointed in the decision to hire Ms. Kane based on her lack of classroom and education administrative experience. Though Kane appears to be well-respected in the community, we would have preferred an interim superintendent with a robust career in education. Kane has no classroom experience, nor does she hold a degree in education or a license in teaching or administration with the Colorado Department of Education. While we are certain Ms. Kane is an excellent engineer, we are concerned about her ability to lead a district of 67,000 students and 7,700 employees without a significant background in education.
“We were hoping for an interim superintendent with years of classroom and administrative experience, as well as a history of putting children first. Dr. Calhoun fit that description well and hiring him would have been meaningful step toward unifying a divided community,” said Jason Virdin, spokesperson for Douglas County Parents.
During the board meeting, several directors questioned the process of hiring Ms. Kane. Moving forward, we call on the Board of Education to include significant teacher, parent, and community input during the process of hiring a superintendent.
About Douglas County Parents:
DCP is a growing local volunteer advocacy group made up of over 1600 parents, teachers, students, and community members of all political affiliations, ages and professions who seek to maximize learning opportunities for all DCSD students, achieve district-wide fiscal responsibility, and ensure that all voices are heard and respected. All facts we share are backed with documentation garnered through the school district and Colorado Department of Education websites and publications, Colorado Open Records Act requests, and attendance at a variety of meetings. Please contact our spokesperson, Jason Virdin, at firstname.lastname@example.org for updates and statements relating to DCSD issues.