Buses for D-38 schools wait for students outside Lewis-Palmer High School.

MONUMENT • Three finalists from outside the Pikes Peak region are vying to be superintendent of Lewis-Palmer School District 38.

They are Matthew J. Mann of Pleasanton, Texas; Josh J. Middleton of Middleton, Idaho; and Kenneth Christopher “K.C.” Somers of Aurora.

All have doctoral degrees.

Mann has been superintendent of the Pleasanton Independent School District since March 2015, after starting there in 2012 as a high school principal.

He graduated from Widefield High School in Colorado Springs and attended Adams State University in Alamosa on a debate scholarship.

Middleton has worked for the Middleton School District in Idaho since 2016, having left the Billings, Mont., school district in 2014. He has more than 15 years of administrative experience and has worked as a teacher.

Somers became principal in July 2014 of Columbine High School in Littleton, the site of the 1999 massacre of 12 students, a teacher and both gunmen.

Since September 2017, he’s worked as learning community director for Aurora Public Schools.

The finalists will interview next week with three teams before doing interviews with D-38 board members.

The teams are led by a district administrator and consist of school leaders, teachers, parents and community representatives.

They were chosen based on participation in the district and the community, district spokeswoman Julie Stephen said.

The school board will announce the new superintendent, who will replace retiring Superintendent Karen Brofft, on March 18.

Contact the writer: 719-476-1656.

Contact the writer: 719-476-1656.

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