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Jeffco superintendent a finalist for state job in Kentucky

Jeffco superintendent Jason Glass at the Boys & Girls in Lakewood (Marissa Page, Chalkbeat).
File photo of Jeffco superintendent Jason Glass at the Boys & Girls Club in Lakewood.
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Jeffco’s superintendent, Jason Glass, has been named one of three finalists for a job as Kentucky’s education commissioner.

The Kentucky Board of Education is negotiating a contract with one of the finalists, without publicly naming that person. The sole finalist for the job is expected to be announced this month.

Glass, 48, has been leader of Jeffco, Colorado’s second largest school district, since 2017. His original contract was from 2017-2020, but was amended last year to run through June 2025.

In May, the Jeffco school board approved a request from Glass to add language to his contract, given the budget constraints caused by the pandemic, noting that if the board freezes or decreases “district employees’ average pay during the 2020-2021 budget year, the superintendent’s 2020-2021 annual salary will be frozen or decreased proportionately.”

His contract provides the ability for Glass to terminate the contract with 60 days notice to the school board.

Glass and the school district refused to comment for this story. Ron Mitchell, a Jeffco school board member, confirmed that the board was aware that Glass was interviewing for the position.

Before coming to Jeffco, Glass was superintendent of the school district in Eagle. He also previously held a role in Iowa as state education leader.

Glass began his education career in Kentucky after completing his college education there.

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