In a divided 4-3 vote, and with one board director participating remotely from a hospital bed, the Douglas County School District board named Erin Kane as the sole finalist to become the next superintendent of Douglas County schools.
The board listened to more than two and a half hours of public comment in its Tuesday meeting, much of which focused on the superintendency and showed passionate support for each of the two finalists. Board directors commended both — Kane and Executive Director of Schools Danny Winsor — as outstanding candidates.
Still, majority board directors Mike Peterson, Becky Myers, Christy Williams and Kaylee Winegar said Kane is the leader needed to refocus the district on academic performance, pass a mill levy and bond ballot measure in November, and unify a deeply divided community.
“I am extremely humbled,” Kane said after the board voted to offer her the job.