Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason Glass announced that he had accepted a new position as Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education. Glass, a Kentucky native, made the announcement on July 10, after three finalists for the position were interviewed on July 6 and 7.
Glass was announced as one of three finalists for the Kentucky slot on July 1.
According to his contract, Glass will continue his work in Jeffco for 60 days, presumably leaving Jeffco around Labor Day. The timing, combined with the new school start date of Aug. 24, means Glass will remain in Jeffco through the first two weeks of the Restart Jeffco plan.
“I plan to to be fully working and supporting our organization in that capacity until early September,” Glass said in a statement.
The Jeffco School Board will determine how the district will transition after his departure. The school board will also direct the new superintendent search.
Glass has been superintendent of Jeffco Schools for three years. He began his work in Jeffco in July 2017, after serving as the superintendent of Eagle County Schools from 2013-2017. He also was Iowa’s Director of Education from 2010-2013.
“The pull to Kentucky is strong,” Glass said. “While I have lived in Colorado for almost 17 years, Kentucky is the place I grew up and where family is.”
Glass first moved to Colorado in 2001, working first in Denver. He and his wife later moved to Eagle County where he worked first as the director of research and assessment. He later served as the human resources director. About four years later, he accepted a job in Ohio at the nonprofit Battelle for Kids until 2010.