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July 10, 2020
Dr. Jason Glass Named Kentucky's Next Education Commissioner
Earlier this morning, Dr. Jason Glass was appointed as the next Commissioner of Education for the Department of Education in Kentucky. Here is a copy of the announcement from Kentucky. 

We have sent the following message from Dr. Glass to our community a little while ago: 
Dear Jeffco Public Schools Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that the Kentucky State Board of Education announced today that I would be the next Commissioner of Education. The pull to Kentucky is strong. While I have lived in Colorado for almost 17 years, Kentucky is the place I grew up and where family is.

Our family has loved living in Jeffco and our children have received an exceptional education thanks to Jeffco Public Schools. I have loved working with the incredibly talented people throughout this organization and will miss the powerful commitment to quality and community that I have seen and learned from in Jeffco. Above all else, we are grateful.

Going forward, I will be working with the Board of Education and our Cabinet team through the transition process. My contract specifies that I remain as superintendent for 60 days from notification and I plan to be fully working and supporting our organization in that capacity until early September. During this time, the Board of Education will be determining their transition plan and the steps they will take to search for a new superintendent. They will be communicating their decisions with all of us once known.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your superintendent - it has been a tremendous professional honor and Jeffco has had a powerful and positive impact on my family and me.

Kind regards,

Jason E. Glass
Superintendent & Chief Learner
Jeffco Public Schools
In addition to the above, here is a statement from Board of Education president, Susan Harmon about the announcement from Dr. Glass:

“We sincerely congratulate Dr. Glass on his appointment as Commissioner of Education in Kentucky. For the past three years, Dr. Glass has been a visionary leader for Jeffco Public Schools. Soon after he arrived in 2017, he reinvigorated our strategic plan to focus on transforming the student learning experience and brought it to life in our classrooms with our students and teachers. During his second year as Superintendent, he worked with our community to pass two critical ballot questions, a mill levy override and a school construction bond to help move us into the future with better financial footing. His foresight in transitioning schools to enhanced learning through 1 to 1 device technology and increasing our in-person and online communication and virtual learning tools, was critical to the District’s success in rapidly implementing remote learning this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Dr. Glass’s departure is a loss to Jefferson County and our district, we understand the draw of returning to his home state for his family and his continuing career in education. We wish him the very best on this new endeavor. 

Fortunately, Dr. Glass is not leaving immediately so during the next 60 days the Board of Education will be determining our transition plan and the steps we will take to search for a new superintendent. We will be communicating our decisions once known.” 
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