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Board of Education Selects Corey Wise as Superintendent

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Corey Wise is Sole FinalistAt its regular meeting on April 20, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education voted 5-2 to extend an employment offer to Mr. Corey Wise for Superintendent of Schools to lead the district’s 63,000 students and 8,300 employees. Mr. Wise was selected from a group of more than 100 potential candidates and one of four finalists who were introduced to the community for consideration.

“Selecting the superintendent is one of the most critical decisions a Board will ever make,” said DCSD Board President David Ray. “It was a privilege to meet with so many highly qualified individuals who recognized the treasured opportunity of leading an incredible district like DCSD. The Board is excited about continuing to work with Mr. Wise in leading our district to an even greater place for all our students.”

Mr. Wise is currently serving as the DCSD interim superintendent. He is a career educator who began his journey in DCSD and is in his 25th year of education. Mr. Wise started as a student teacher, then became a social studies teacher at Ponderosa High School. He taught at Chaparral High School beginning in the school’s first year, and later served as Chaparral’s assistant principal. In 2007, Mr. Wise was hired as the founding principal of Legend High School where he served for seven years before moving into DCSD central administration, where he served as a director of high schools and then the executive director of schools for the east Highlands Ranch region and alternative education. 

The Board worked with the Frederick Andrews search firm in the selection process. Four superintendent finalists participated in a variety of interviews with community members, students, school leaders, educators and other district staff. The vetting process of the four finalists included feedback from these interviews, visiting host schools, extensive background and reference checks, a public forum broadcast and interviews with the Board of Education.

The superintendent sole finalist announcement took place during the Board’s April 20 meeting, which may be viewed on the DCSD YouTube channel.




Community Forum With Superintendent Finalists

Community Forum Video Recording Link
Dr. Mary Young - Timestamp 05:45 - 54:25
Mr. Samuel Jarman - Timestamp 1:20:45 - 1:51:40
Mr. Corey Wise - Timestamp 2:28:42 - 3:04:00
Dr. Christopher Page - Timestamp 3:43:47 - 4:22:41
 

Finalists

At the April 6 Board of Education meeting, the following four finalists were announced (listed in alphabetical order).

Sam Jarman

Mr. Samuel Jarman

Samuel Jarman serves as Superintendent for Alpine School District, in Utah. Mr. Jarman will retire from this school district with six successful years as Superintendent and thirty-five years in public education. Alpine School District is the largest district in Utah. There are over 81,000 students, 9,000 employees, 92 schools plus other support buildings. Students attend ASD schools in 14 municipalities. The graduation rate has risen from 78% in 2004 to 93% in 2020. 





Dr. Christopher Page


Dr. Christopher Page

Christopher Page is currently serving as Principal for Highlands Ranch High School, in Colorado. Christopher Page is a career educator who began his career here in Douglas County School District (DCSD). Mr. Page is in his 18th year at DCSD. He started as an 8th grade History Teacher at Rocky Heights Middle School and then moved to Rock Canyon High School. Dr. Page taught at Rock Canyon High School, and later served as Rock Canyon’s Assistant Principal/Dean of Instruction. In 2015, Dr. Page was hired as the Principal of Highlands Ranch High School where he currently serves. 





Corey Wise

Mr. Corey Wise

Corey Wise is currently serving as Interim Superintendent of Douglas County School District, in Colorado. Corey Wise is a career educator who began his journey right here in the Douglas County School District (DCSD). Mr. Wise is in his 25th year in DCSD. He started as a student teacher, then social studies teacher at Ponderosa High School. Mr. Wise taught at Chaparral High School beginning in the school’s first year, and later served as Chaparral’s Assistant Principal. In 2007, Mr. Wise was hired as the Founding Principal of Legend High School where he served for seven years before moving into DCSD Central Administration as a Director of High Schools and most recently as Executive Director of Schools for the East Highlands Ranch Region and Alternative Education.  




Mary Young

Dr. Mary Young

Mary Young is currently serving as Superintendent for Warren County Schools, in Warren, North Carolina. Dr. Young has enjoyed a successful career in public education for more than 20 years. Prior to Warren County Schools, she has served with Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland as an Executive Director in the Office of Employee Performance and Evaluation and as Instructional Supervisor. Prince George’s County is a large urban school district serving over 130,000 students. Before going to Maryland, Dr. Young worked with the South Carolina Department of Education as Education Associate/Program Director. She also has served as a principal in several schools in Washington, D.C.

The permanent superintendent search process is being led by Tim DeMers of Frederick Andrews. Mr. DeMers is a Douglas County resident and parent. Frederick Andrews has an office location in Denver and has extensive experience working with educational organizations, spanning from public and private (K-Higher Education), small and large technical schools and training programs, and online instructional programs.

For more information, contact Tim DeMers at DougCoSuperintendent@fredand.com.

Projected Timeline

  • Superintendent Survey: DCSD Staff, Parents/Guardians, Students, Community Members, Community Business Owners, Elected Officials (Closed 2/23/2021)
  • Job Description Development and Public Posting: 3/1/2021
  • Resume acceptance close date: 3/18/2021
  • Candidate presentations to the Douglas County School District Board of Education: 3/20/2021
  • Douglas County School District Board of Education interviews with potential candidates: 3/22/2021 – 4/15/2021
  • Finalist candidates announced to the public for public forum interviews: 4/6/2021
  • Public forum interviews: 4/12/2021 – 4/13/2021
  • Douglas County School District’s Board of Education will announce the sole finalist for the new Douglas County School District Superintendent: 4/20/2021

Community Input 

Frederick Andrews completed a Superintendent Search Survey on February 23, 2021. Upon completion of the survey, a total of 6,813 responses were compiled and categorized into respondent categories: Parent/Guardians of Douglas County School District Students (English and Spanish surveys), Douglas County School District Staff, Douglas County School District Students, Douglas County Community Members, Douglas County Business Owners, Douglas County Elected Officials.

In reviewing the insightful responses from the Douglas County community (as a whole), the Douglas County School District Board of Education and Frederick Andrews were able to discern a majority consensus on a number of key attributes that the community is wanting to see in the next Superintendent for Douglas County School District.

Listed below are some of the key attributes that the community has listed as their most important attributes needed in the new Superintendent of Douglas County School District:

  • An individual committed to the Douglas County School District.
  • Someone who understands the community.
  • Someone who is looking to take roots in the community.
  • Someone who is looking at this position because it is Douglas County School District.
  • Someone who understands the culture, the current climate and the direction the District is moving to.
  • A fully transparent and decisive leader who will stand up for the District in all circumstances.
  • A traditional public educator, who came up through the public school system.
  • An individual committed to systemic change and growth in diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • A relational leader that has a student and staff first approach in their leadership style.
  • An individual that will always advocate for the students, teachers, faculty members and administrators.
  • An individual that will be known and approachable at the school level.
  • An individual that will ensure that equity and inclusion is offered to all students, teachers, faculty members and administrators.
  • An individual that will be committed to being a part of the community (to include outside of the school district).

To determine additional attributes of interest for the new Superintendent of Douglas County School District (in addition to completing the survey), Frederick Andrews conducted community engagement meetings with the following groups:

  • Douglas County School District's Finance Oversight Committee
  • Douglas County School District's Special Education Parent Advisory Group
  • Douglas County School District's Gifted Education Advisory Committee
  • Douglas County School District's Long Range Planning Committee
  • Douglas County School District's District Accountability Committee
  • Douglas County School District's Equity Advisory Council
  • Douglas County School District's Student Advisory Group

Upon completion of the survey and community engagement meetings, Frederick Andrews is committed to addressing the needs and desires of the community when identifying candidates for consideration.





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