A Colorado Springs School District 11 administrator has been promoted to assistant superintendent of instruction, curriculum and student services.

Jason Ter Horst, who has been executive director of K-12 schools in D-11 for nearly three years, will take over the job Thursday, D-11 board members decided Wednesday night.

"I wanted to have a larger impact," Ter Horst said. "I saw it as an opportunity to try to affect positive change in the district and support student achievement."

Ter Horst will analyze instruction and curriculum, oversee academic standards, and provide training, guidance and implementation processes to school principals.

"I'm excited to have an opportunity to work with all the schools to have a positive impact," he said.

An Army veteran who worked in military intelligence and linguistics, Ter Horst also has taught math, science and foreign language at all grade levels and coached football, volleyball and track. He was principal of Jenkins Middle School for five years and also worked for Widefield School District 3.

Ter Horst replaces Jeanice Kerr Swift, who left before this school year started to become superintendent of Ann Arbor Public Schools in Michigan.

An interim person will fill Ter Horst's position through this school year, and then the district will search for a replacement, said D-11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby.