D-49 Board To Announce Interim CEO

The board of Falcon District 49 knows they'll have no superintendent next school year. They're planning to announce who will be the district's first Chief Education Officer.

The CEO will carry out some duties a superintendent otherwise would. Dr. Brad Schoeppey, current superintendent for D-49, is stepping down and will leave the office in June. The position will not be filled under the districts' new innovation initiative.

The following is a news release from D-49 Thursday.

"As part of its Innovation Initiative, Falcon School District 49's Board of Education created the position of Chief Education Officer (CEO) to coordinate the efforts of the Innovation Leaders and the other departments of the District. Unlike the old Superintendent position, the CEO is singularly focused on education and instructional matters and is not the chief executive of the District. As such, this position is not designed to command the higher salary that traditionally has been received by Superintendents.

The Board, in coordination with the Innovation Leaders and other administrators, along with input it has received from various staff and community members, will identify and appoint an interim CEO from existing staff at its Special Meeting next Wednesday. This role will be essential to transition the District into the new organizational structure in the coming year."

The Board of Education has asked Deputy Superintendent Mary Guinn to be CEO, but Board President Dave Martin has only said those negotiations are ongoing.

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  • by Betty Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 18, 2011 at 06:50 AM
    In all fairness to the parents of students in District 49; they do care at least the majority of our community does. When we do go to meetings we are told to leave as there are too many of us to be in the building(fire code). I have a question to the board members. If the superientendent is stepping down; why is the district buying out his remaining contract to the tune of $250,000 plus unused sick time and bonuses. If I decided to step down from my position; I would not be paid my remaining portion of my contract. Sounds to me that all contracts need to be voted on by the tax payers of district 49 and not the board members!!
  • by Missy Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM
    And judging from the crowd, or lack thereof, me thinks that D49 school district is about to go from bad to worse. Wow, the parents of the children appear to be very interested in this "new innovative" type of education.
  • by Jane Location: Peyton on Feb 17, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    The picture that they have to accompany this story does seem like there was a poor showing at that meeting. However, I don't blame parents for not going to a meeting where Chris Wright has a mic. That man is so long winded and pompous. First he chastises the transportation department, then the parents and now he wants everyone to listen to him as though he deserves any respect.
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