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Board Of Education officially names Christopher Smith as next superintendent

Christopher Smith and family

The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education officially named Christopher Smith as the next Cherry Creek School District Superintendent during a meeting held April 7. Board members approved the decision unanimously.

Smith, who had been named two weeks ago the sole finalist to succeed current CCSD Superintendent Scott Siegfried after he retires at the end of the 2020-21 school year, expressed his gratitude, as well as his commitment to continue the district's tradition of excellence in his new role.

“It is an honor and a privilege for me to accept the role of Cherry Creek Schools superintendent. I’ve spent more than a decade serving in different capacities across the district, and moving into this position gives me the chance to ensure that our legacy of excellence, equity and engagement continues well into the future,” Smith said. “Facing the challenges of the past year has taught me a lot about the strength and perseverance of our community, and I see great possibilities moving forward. From day one, my focus will be on all the kids in our district, on making sure that every single day we make a positive impact for every one of our students.”

Smith, who currently serves as CCSD Chief of Staff, stressed the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child as the districts comes out of the pandemic. He said he looks forward to continuing conversations with the community about how we can re-imagine education and create a truly equitable system that is better for all students. He also plans to work with the Board of Education and his District Leadership Team on establishing his goals to achieve that vision.

 “As superintendent, I hope to encourage the type of teamwork and partnerships that have always made CCSD a place where excellence thrives and where students can forge a pathway of purpose that connects them to their future,” Smith said.

Board President Karen Fisher spoke earlier this month about Smith’s experience in CCSD and his unique qualifications for the district's top position.

“We believe that Mr. Smith’s proven success as a servant leader, a relationship builder and someone who is committed to educating the whole child is the best fit for CCSD as we transition out of COVID and into the coming years,” Fisher said. “Mr. Smith shared plans for ensuring the well-being of students and staff, while budgeting and staffing our schools to achieve equitable outcomes for all students and align with our collective goals.”

Fisher went on to say that the board started the process of selecting the next superintendent by soliciting input and listening to our community.

“Parents, teachers, administrators, students and community leaders provided a valuable perspective that we referred to often over the past two months,” she said.

Smith is a 24-year veteran educator and has been with the Cherry Creek School District for more than 11 years. Smith started his professional path as a fourth-grade teacher in Douglas County School District and progressed through roles as assistant principal and principal before coming to Cherry Creek Schools to serve as principal of Coyote Hills Elementary in 2010.

From there, Smith went on to a role in district administration, serving as Executive Director of Elementary Education, where he supervised elementary principals and collaborated with district leadership to operate schools.

In his current role as Chief of Staff, Smith led the district’s planning for the restart of In-Person and Online learning last fall in the midst of the pandemic. He also supervised the District Leadership Team’s efforts to create the Future Forward Strategic Plan and restructured district security to better serve schools and with a focus on equity.

Posted 4/7/2021.