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Dr. Thomas S. Tucker Named Sole Finalist for Superintendent

On April 5, the Douglas County School District Board of Education unanimously voted to name Dr. Thomas S. Tucker as the sole finalist for permanent superintendent. Congratulations Dr. Tucker!

Dr. Thomas Tucker is currently the Superintendent of Princeton City Schools in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has 29 years of experience serving in the Kansas and Ohio public school systems. He has held the positions of classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of secondary curriculum and superintendent. (Read full bio)

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Superintendent Finalists

Karen Brofft, Ed.S.

Ms. Karen Brofft is currently the Superintendent of Lewis-Palmer School District in Monument, Colorado. She has 28 years of experience serving in Colorado school districts, including 20 years in Douglas County School District. She has held the positions of classroom teacher, building resource teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, assistant superintendent and superintendent. (Read full bio)

Daniel N. Clemens, Ed.D.

Dr. Daniel Clemens is currently the Superintendent of North Kansas City Schools in Kansas City, Missouri. He has 23 years of experience serving in Missouri public school systems. He has held the positions of classroom teacher, assistant coach, physical education coordinator, principal, director of human resources, assistant superintendent of administrative services and superintendent. (Read full bio)

How Were the Finalists Selected?

The executive search firm we contracted with assisted in the development of a leadership profile of desired qualifications. These qualifications were derived from online surveys, community input meetings, and Board priorities. Over 1,100 inquiries were received regarding our superintendent position. These inquiries came from nearly every state in the U.S. Of those that ultimately submitted applications, the search firm screened and narrowed the pool of candidates based on their match to the leadership profile. From there, the Board of Education screened the candidates and selected the finalists.

On Monday, April 2, our finalists met with a series of focus groups. Participants of these focus groups were randomly selected to ensure wide-representation of DCSD staff, educators, parents, community members and students. The intent for these focus groups was to provide the Board with impressions about the finalists from multiple perspectives. Later that evening, the board interviewed the finalists. Click here to view the recorded Livestream of these interviews

On Tuesday, April 3, the candidates participated in a moderated discussion where members of the community could submit questions for the finalists and provide their feedback about the finalists to the Board of Education. Click here to view the recorded Livestream of this moderated discussion

On Thursday, April 5, beginning at 6:00 p.m. the Board will hold a special meeting in the DCSD Board Room where they hope to announce a sole finalist for the permanent superintendent position. That meeting will also be Livestreamed

Community Input

"Thank you!" The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the Douglas County community for participating in the search for a permanent superintendent. 

More than 3,000 educators, administrators, support staff, parents, students, business leaders and non-parent community members who provided feedback by completing an online survey. Many others took time out of their busy schedules to attend community input meetings which were held across the school district in January. 

The DCSD Board of Education reviewed all of the feedback received and used it to finalize the candidate profile. Based on the input provided, the following 12 criteria were identified and deemed most important for the permanent superintendent:

  1. Promotes a positive and professional environment that includes mutual trust and respect among district employees and the Board.
  2. Is strongly committed to a “student first” philosophy in all decisions.
  3. Possesses excellent people skills and can present a positive image of the District; is willing to listen to input and is a decision maker.
  4. Inspires trust, has high levels of self-confidence and optimism, and models high standards of integrity and personal performance.
  5. Has experience recruiting and maintaining exceptional staff for the district and schools.
  6. Has experience as a classroom teacher or student support position in a school.
  7. Is a strong communicator: speaking, listening and writing.
  8. Previous experience that will benefit the long-term financial health of the district, including successful experience in passing bond or mill levy increases.
  9. Can develop and communicate a vision of quality education for the future of the Board, staff, and community.
  10. Has knowledge of emerging research and best practice in the areas of curriculum/instructional design and practice.
  11. Possesses the ability to enhance student performance, especially in identifying, closing and narrowing the gaps of student achievement
  12. Is capable of developing and implementing a strategic plan with both short and long-range district goals.

Superintendent Search flyerInterested Candidates

The application deadline has passed. We are planning on identifying finalists in early April.

The permanent superintendent search process is being led by Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids, Iowa - a firm specializing in searches for educational executive leadership services.