The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education officially named Dr. Scott Siegfried the next Cherry Creek School District Superintendent during a meeting held March 23. Board members approved the decision unanimously.
Siegfried, who had been named earlier this month the sole finalist to succeed current CCSD Superintendent Harry Bull after he retires at the end of the 2017-18 school year, expressed his gratitude, as well as his commitment to continue the district's tradition of excellence in his new role.
"I'm incredibly honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the Cherry Creek School District in this capacity. I have a deep-seated belief in who we are and the great things we do and will continue to do for our students and our community," Siegfried said. "Cherry Creek Schools is my home. It's where I live, it's where my wife and I raise our kids and where they go to school."
Siegfried, who's currently serving as CCSD deputy superintendent, is a veteran of the Cherry Creek School District, having served in roles as teacher and administrator over more than 20 years. Siegfried received his bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado in biology and kinesiology before earning his master's degree and his teaching certificate from the University of Colorado Denver and his Ph.D from the University of Denver.
"I have had a 360-degree view of the operations of the Cherry Creek School District," Siegfried said. "I think that's very powerful coming into this role, having sat in so many different chairs across the district."
Board President Dave Willman spoke earlier this month about Siegfried's experience in CCSD and his unique qualifications for the district's top position.
"The board's most important task is to select an exemplary leader for the Cherry Creek School District," Willman said. "We believe that Dr. Siegfried is the most qualified candidate for the superintendent's position. His vision for the district is one of continued innovation and excellence for each and every student."
Willman went on to say that the board reviewed letters of reference for Siegfried from a broad range of educational leaders as well as leaders from outside of the education system, evaluated his educational credentials and interviewed him on his plan and philosophy for the future of the district.
Siegfried began his first student teaching post at Eaglecrest High School in 1995 and he went on to build a district résumé that includes posts as a teacher at Eaglecrest and a dean of students at Laredo Middle School. He helped open Falcon Creek Middle School as assistant principal and Liberty Middle School as principal. At the district level, he's served as Executive Director of Student Achievement Services, Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services, Associate Superintendent of Educational Operations and Deputy Superintendent, working directly with three CCSD superintendents – Monte Moses, Mary Chesley and, most recently, Harry Bull.
"I'm fortunate to have worked directly with incredible superintendents, leaders who have displayed an incredible care and dedication to this district," Siegfried said. "It's been invaluable to watch the three of them work in their own ways with the same target, the same goals – I'm excited to take up the charge after them … As Harry has said many times, excellence is a moving target, and it's always moving up. That won't be any different. Our job is to strive for excellence for every single one of our kids, every single day."
In his current role as deputy superintendent, Siegfried is responsible for the general supervision and leadership of all facets of Cherry Creek Schools. He's played an integral role in steering the direction of the district, having worked closely on issues ranging from start times to new graduation requirements.