LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4) – More and more students are heading back to school this week, and among the public school districts back in class Thursday is Jefferson County Schools.

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It’s not just a new school year for faculty and students, the district is also welcoming a new superintendent. A month-long national search took place earlier this year to find a replacement for former Superintendent Dan McMinimee.

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First day of school at Leawood Elementary School in Littleton (credit: CBS)

The Board of Directors for the school district decided not to renew McMinimee’s contract because they said they were looking for someone with more experience. Ultimately they unanimously voted to hire Dr. Jason Glass.

Superintendent Jason Glass (credit: CBS)

Glass, 45, led schools in Eagle County for four years. Prior to that, he was the State of Iowa’s director of education.

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Glass said on Thursday that he’s firmly focused on the students.

“We have the opportunity to do a lot of good for kids and so that’s why this is an exciting time of year right now. We’re really focused on welcoming families, welcoming kids, bringing people in, bringing the community together. But we do also face some struggles. Kids come to school with different levels of readiness for kindergarten or other grades. And so we have to work and support kids wherever they are to get them ready for the next level,” Glass said.

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More than 86,000 students attend 157 schools in the Jefferson County School District.