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Douglas County School District Interim Superintendent Erin Kane

Erin Kane is the Interim Superintendent of the Douglas County School District, Colorado’s third largest school District, serving approximately 67,000 students.

Kane brings a broad range of experiences to her latest role with DCSD. As the Executive Director of American Academy, she has built a charter system with a third campus expected to open in 2017. Kane previously spent time in the high technology industry in project development, project management, education and consulting. She earned her engineering degree in applied mathematics and computer science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

The Superintendent’s responsibility is to ensure accomplishment of the Board of Education's goals and vision for the District.
Superintendent Evaluation

2017 Superintendent Evaluation by the DCSD Board of Education

Superintendent's Message

+ January 2018

+ October 2017

+ August 2017

+ June 2017

+ March 2017

+ January 2017

+ October 2016

+ September 2016

Interim Superintendent Goals
In October, the Board of Education met with Interim Superintendent Erin Kane, setting the following goals for SY 2017-2018:


GOAL 1:  Focus on Climate and Culture throughout DCSD

Objective: Create and foster a work environment that will increase employee satisfaction and reduce turnover*.

  1. Examine DCSD’s Core Values, solicit feedback from students, staff, committees and the community and recommend a refresh to the Board of Education.
  2. Continue to promote organization-wide practices around cultural norms and communication. Measure by the responses to communications to employees and parents as well as by personal conduct.
  3. Follow board policy regarding the chain of communication for staff, parent, and community grievances.
  4. Continue to meet with stakeholder groups and be willing to listen to and compile updated feedback.
  5. Demonstrate transparent communication. Send the board regular updates with an honest view of the status of the district. Be honest about mistakes and challenges. Communicate honestly and regularly with staff, parents and community. Clearly communicate challenges and how they are being addressed.
  6. Focus on climate and culture in the operations group. Survey the group in the winter and again in the spring to look for improvements.
  7. Continue to improve organization turnover. Measure by looking at the number of employee resignations (by group) known at the end of the school year as compared to the number of resignations known at the end of the last two school years.*

*Understanding that the financial reasons for turnover (pay not competitive) cannot be resolved at this time.



GOAL 2Lead a Stable Transition through the Interim Period

Objective: Bring stability to the district and leave DCSD in a better place than it was prior to September 2017.

  1. Collect additional feedback from school leaders to determine how we did on the original action plan
  2. Create a new Action Plan, based on the updated feedback from schools.
  3. Create and execute a plan to address each item in the new Action Plan.
  4. Continue to communicate expectations during this interim period.
  5. Create a document outlining the responsibilities and budget managed under each leadership position in the current organization.
  6. Once a superintendent search is underway, establish a transition team.



GOAL 3:  Plan for the Potential of a Mill Levy Override and Bond Election in 2018

Objective: Develop a financial and communication plan for a 2018 bond and mill levy override initiative.

  1. Prepare and communicate two budget scenarios for the 2018-19 school year, depending on the outcome of a potential bond/mlo initiative
  2. Continue to work with the Joint Committee to assist them in their efforts to provide a recommendation to the Board of Education.
  3. Develop a comprehensive funding communication and outreach plan.
  4. Continue to educate school, district, and community leaders on the realities of state and local funding.
  5. Make recommendations to the Board of Education with respect to prioritized uses of potential bond and mill levy override dollars.



GOAL 4:  Make a Recommendation to the Board of Education with Respect to Educational Excellence and Pay for Performance

Objective: Collect stakeholder feedback and use in the preparation of recommendations.

  1. Analyze the Community Survey results to use in recommendations.
  2. Collect and compile additional feedback from all stakeholders, including educators, parents, students, staff, and community members.
  3. Develop a recommendation around defining educational excellence to inform the strategic plan and BOE end statements.
  4. Develop a plan for measuring educational excellence.
  5. Develop a recommendation for the future of pay for performance and compensation in DCSD.


District Senior Leadership Action List
This list is not in any particular priority order.

Action 1: Collaboratively define educational excellence in DCSD.

Action 2: Prepare for a potential bond/mill levy override (MLO) for the November 2018 election.

Action 3: Analyze pay gaps with other districts and create a strategy to address internal and external pay gaps.

Action 4: Work with employee groups to gather feedback on evaluation and differentiated pay and make improvements as needed.

Action 5: Improve the Site Based Budgeting (SBB) model and process based on stakeholder feedback.  

Action 6: Develop and work toward a better special education and mental health structure; build capacity in school-based staff; identify and fill gaps.

Action 7: Evaluate and improve the Charter Application Review Team (CART) process.

Action 8: Collaborate with schools to optimize athletic and activity transportation access.

Action 9: Optimize the process for planning and completing minor construction and maintenance projects in schools.

Action 10: Evaluate custodial salary issue; look at pay ranges; empower principals.

Speaking Engagements
Interim Superintendent Erin Kane and her team enjoy meeting members of our community. Recently she has been working to speak to local groups about the state of the Douglas County School District, including the challenges the district faces and possible ways for the community to support our students and staff.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at 5:00 PM
Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce @ Castle Pines Library

Thursday, October 18, 2017, @ 6:00 PM
Stroh Ranch Community Association

December 19, 2017, @ 6:30 PM
Highlands Ranch Community Association Delegates @ Eastridge Rec Center

Monday, February 5, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Zonta International Women's Group @ TBD

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, @ 3:30 PM
Leadership Douglas County Event @ Lone Tree Library

Schedule a Visit

If you would like to have the interim superintendent or another member of the Douglas County School District's leadership team speak to a community organization, please contact our Community Relations Specialist Nate Jones. 

Nate Jones
Community Relations Specialist 

Douglas County School District is seeking its next permanent superintendent. The DCSD Board of Education has selected Ray and Associates (no relation to DCSD Board Director, David Ray) to conduct the search for the next superintendent, following a thorough vetting of potential search firms.

In order to fund the cost of a national superintendent search, we reprioritized our board’s operational budget to ensure that there would be no impact on any other budget in the system.

The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences. To fund the search, the board reprioritized its budget and discontinued contracting with a lobbyist to save money.

We need to hear from you!

One of the most important decisions our school district is facing is the selection of a permanent superintendent. The Board of Education can’t do this alone. We need your help! Feedback from the community, staff and learners is an essential part of this process. There are multiple opportunities for everyone who has a vested interest in Douglas County schools to be involved with this search process:  

Community Survey

Take this short online survey where you can select the top ten qualifications you believe our permanent superintendent should possess. (Versión de Español)

Community Input Meetings

We invite you to join us for community input meetings, facilitated by search firm Ray & Associates, to provide your feedback about the qualities you believe that our permanent superintendent must possess. Parents, students, teachers, support staff, business leaders, community leaders, grandparents and everyone else that calls Douglas County home are encouraged to attend. 

Community Input meetings will be held on the following dates. Please RSVP to the meeting that is most convenient for you -- all are open to the public. ***PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING I.D. WHEN CHECKING IN AT THE SECURITY DESK OR MAIN OFFICE UPON ENTERING THE BELOW SCHOOL LOCATIONS***

January 23, 7:30-9:00 a.m. - Mesa Middle School library (Castle Rock)

January 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Mesa Middle School library (Castle Rock)

January 23, 4:00-5:30 p.m. - Mesa Middle School library (Castle Rock)

January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Mesa Middle School library (Castle Rock)

January 23, 7:30-9:00 a.m. - Cimarron Middle School library (Parker)

January 23, 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Cimarron Middle School library (Parker)

January 23, 4:00-5:30 p.m. - Cimarron Middle School library (Parker)

January 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Cimarron Middle School library (Parker)

January 24, 7:30-9:00 a.m. - Cresthill Middle School commons (East Highlands Ranch)

January 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Cresthill Middle School commons (East Highlands Ranch)

January 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m. - Cresthill Middle School commons (East Highlands Ranch)

January 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Cresthill Middle School commons (East Highlands Ranch)

January 24, 7:30-9:00 a.m. - Mountain Ridge Middle School library (West Highlands Ranch)

January 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Mountain Ridge Middle School library (West Highlands Ranch)

January 24, 4:00-5:30 p.m. - Ranch View Middle School commons (West Highlands Ranch)

January 24, 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Ranch View Middle School commons (West Highlands Ranch)

Mesa Middle School
365 N Mitchell St
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Cimarron Middle School
12130 Canterberry Pkwy 
Parker, CO 80138
Cresthill Middle School
9195 Cresthill Ln 
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Mountain Ridge Middle School
10590 Mountain Vista Ridge
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Ranch View Middle School
1731 W Wildcat Reserve Pkwy
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129


Superintendent Search Timeline

1/23/18 & 1/24/18: Ray & Associates holds Community Input Meetings. 

12/30/17: Board of Education selects Ray & Associates as firm to lead the superintendent search.

12/4/17: Board of Education reviews finalists for the search firm to conduct the superintendent search.