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Finalist for Academy D20 Superintendent job withdraws candidacy

Posted at 10:14 AM, Apr 15, 2019

Kimberly Hough

COLORADO SPRINGS – Academy District 20 announced Monday morning the finalist for the position of Superintendent has informed the Board of Education she is no longer interested in the job.

Dr. Kimberly Hough was named as the lone finalist about 10 days ago. There’s a standard two-week waiting period to complete paperwork before she could be sworn in on April 18th.

A statement from D20 does not specify the reasons, only that she “respectfully withdrew.”

Hough informed the board about her change of mind on Sunday. A statement from D20 does not specify the reasons, only that she “respectfully withdrew.”

Now district leaders will meet as scheduled on Thursday to discuss the next steps.

The former superintendent announced his retirement at the end of last year. Mark Hatchell served as superintendent for D20 for 12-years.

Some background on Dr. Hough:

She’s spent 24 years in education and served as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Talent Development in the Loudoun County School District in Ashburn, Virginia (near Washington, DC) for the past six and a half years.  When asked earlier this month why she hoped to serve Academy District 20, Dr. Hough expressed,

“I believe it is an opportunity to contribute to making a difference in education for an entire community. I enjoy engaging in complex challenges, building relationships and seeking continuous improvement.” Dr. Hough further expressed, “Academy District 20 is of interest to me because I value student-centered decision making, equity, fiscal responsibility and high standards. I think this opportunity matches well with my experiences . . . Academy District 20 is a quality school district with many strengths and high expectations. I share the Academy District 20 community’s values of continuous improvement and a positive climate of mutual trust in which to learn and work.”