October 23, 2012
The board of Harrison School District 2 has chosen three finalists for the superintendent’s job.
The candidates include Karyle Greene, superintendent of East Allen County Schools in New Haven, Indiana; Andre Spencer, regional superintendent with the Houston Independent School District; and Jan Vesely, vice president of a Pearson School Achievement Services, a global learning services company.
The finalists will be in Colorado Springs on Nov. 6 for two days of interviews. The board expects to make a final choice by Nov. 14, and new superintendent will start in January.
“Each of the finalists has a distinguished career of working with and for school districts. They are tops in their fields,” said D-2 Board President Deborah Hendrix. “We are anxious to meet them in person and make what we know will be a very difficult choice.”
The new superintendent is expected to sustain the direction the district is going, Hendrix has said.
Harrison, located in southeast Colorado Springs, has 11,400 students, with more than 70 percent of them impoverished or at risk of dropping out of school. The former superintendent Mike Miles left in May to become superintendent of Dallas Independent School District in Texas. He and the board have been in the vanguard of educators nationwide using new and sometimes controversial techniques to turn around failing schools. The board adopted a pay-for performance system that compensates teachers based on how well students do. During Miles’ tenure, Harrison was removed from state academic probation and saw improved test scores.
The new superintendent’s base pay will be around $150,000, and will be on a pay-for-performance plan just like D-2 principals and teachers.
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