Interim superintendent to take office Sept. 1
CASTLE ROCK – Douglas County School District’s new interim superintendent, Erin Kane, is expected to begin her role on Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Kane currently serves as the executive director of American Academy in Douglas County and was appointed by the Board of Education earlier this month. She plans to serve DCSD until a permanent replacement is selected.
As interim superintendent, Kane will focus on three priorities:
1. Fostering a positive culture and stability within our staff and community
2. Improving and simplifying the evaluation model, maximizing flexibility for leaders
3. Empowering schools to implement academic programming that matches the needs of their community, while ensuring quality
Kane concedes that a year isn’t long enough to fully address every issue facing DCSD, but she plans to fully dedicate herself to the task.
“I hope to make good progress and I would love to help facilitate the kind of environment of respect and success that will attract the best kind of permanent superintendent candidates for our community and our district.” Kane said. "I’m incredibly proud to be a part of DCSD and very optimistic about our future. I want every teacher, staff member, parent and child to feel the same way.”
Starting on September 1, Kane will hit the ground running. She plans to visit every school in order to reach out to DCSD’s wonderful teachers and staff.
“I really want every school to know that they are important,” Kane said.
She looks forward to supporting all of the public schools in Douglas County.
“We have 67,000 kids in this community and I want to see every one of them have access to a high-quality school, regardless of what that school looks like,” Kane said.
She does, however, say that her experience in the public charter school community has made her appreciate the autonomy that those schools have.
“I believe in freedom, but not just freedom for charter schools,” Kane said. “I very, very much understand the importance of empowering schools and the importance of bringing that decision-making level as close as possible to the students.”
She says that the focus should always be on the students and hopes that this will help bring the community together.
“That’s where we should start, always,” Kane said. “We need to continually remember that we are working towards the same goal – a quality education for the kids of the Douglas County School District. I don’t know that I can find anyone in this district who doesn’t want to make sure that all kids receive a high-quality education.”
She says that she is committed to building a positive culture within DCSD.
“I’d like to see our actions speak a thousand words to the staff, to the families, to everyone in the community. I sincerely believe that if this community can see positive changes being made, that will say far more than words can ever say.”