March 13, 2014 Updated: March 13, 2014 at 4:55 pm
Lewis-Palmer School District 38 has chosen a new superintendent.
The D-38 board voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Karen Brofft, assistant superintendent of Englewood Schools near Denver, for the top job.
Confirmation of the contract is expected next week.
"We are very excited to have her join our district," said Mark Pfoff, board president. "Her energy and professional history makes her right for our school district."
Pfoff cited Brofft's understanding of how things work in state legislature, particularly the plethora of new mandates and financing issues that are worrisome for districts.
"Most important, what makes her perfect is how she focuses on kids first," he said.
There were 34 applicants for the post. The Monument area district has 6,235students and a general fund budget of $44 million. It is consistently one of the top in state academic assessment tests, and 87percent of graduates go on to higher education. Retired former D-38 superintendent Ted Bauman has been serving as interim since the retirement of John Borman in December.
Brofft will start July 1.
"I'm really looking forward to being part of the community. It's a highly acclaimed district with an incredible reputation and supportive community," Brofft said. "And it's beautiful there."
Her first job, she said is to "get to know the staff, students and community and find out where they are and where they hope to be."
Her experience includes 13 years teaching and 11 years in administration.
She said one of the challenges for districts is the many national and state edicts inundating districts. "It is getting more challenging to focus on work because of all the initiatives," she said.
She is a co-author of the book "Reflective Leadership," which focuses on the importance of continuous learning for administrators, and outlines how to create change through professional development of central office and building leaders.
Before going into education she worked in public relations and was a computer programmer. Besides serving as assistant superintendent of the diverse 3,000-student Englewood schools, she was principal, elementary teacher and head of curriculum and assessment in the Douglas County School District. She has an eduction specialty degree in administrative leadership and policy studies from the University of Colorado, Denver; a master's in curriculum and instruction and an undergraduate degree form Lewis And Clark College in Oregon.
She has two daughters, one an urban planner, the other in the restaurant business.