Brian Ewert has been passionate about public education since age 5 when he began kindergarten, and has been a life-long learner ever since. He has spent 29 years as a professional educator in a variety of roles. He is an advocate for public education and champion for all children; he believes that schools must have a relentless focus on learning... each and every day, without exception.
Brian was named the 2015 Colorado Superintendent of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives for providing leadership in adopting a common instructional model, setting clear expectations, and building community support for Englewood Public Schools. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Nebraska, a Master's degree in School Administration and Leadership from California State University, and Superintendent Licensure from the University of Colorado.
Brian began his career in 1986 in Ogallala Public Schools (Nebraska) as a middle school teacher and coach. He accepted a teaching position in Apple Valley Unified School District in California in 1987, where he later served as dean of students, assistant principal, and principal. He returned to Colorado in 1995 as principal of the first technology magnet school in Colorado in Academy School District #20, Colorado Springs. In 2000 he accepted a position with Douglas County Schools as principal to open a new elementary school in Highlands Ranch, and in 2006 became the director of human resources for Douglas County Schools. He accepted the position of superintendent of Englewood Schools in 2010. He also serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Northern Colorado teaching graduate courses in the Master’s level principal preparation program and continues as co-chair of the Denver Area School Superintendents' Council.
Following the retirement of Scott Murphy, the Littleton Board of Education selected Brian as their new superintendent, taking the helm July 1, 2015. In his free time, Brian enjoys fine dining, reading fiction, hiking, biking, and training for half marathons. Brian is the proud father of daughter Siera who is attending Peru State College in southeast Nebraska where she is working on a dual degree in Early Childhood and Special Education.
Dear LPS Constituents:
Littleton Public Schools is a special place where students excel, families thrive, and the community has a long tradition of supporting its schools. However, the tradition of excellence this community has worked so hard to
maintain is being threatened by an inadequate tax structure statewide that cannot recover from bad times and cannot grow.
The entire nation suffered during the recession in 2008, and schools have since felt the consequences of those hard times with less state funding. This community stepped up to support its schools twice during the nation’s recession - passing a mill levy election in 2010 and passing a bond election in 2013, which has kept LPS from having to make additional cuts and allowed for the upkeep of the community’s school facilities.
Today, Colorado’s economy is thriving, and the expectation is that the state’s budget would also recover. However, the entanglement of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), Amendment 23, and the Gallagher Amendment in the Colorado Constitution make it impossible for the state’s budget to recover in a good economy. The state is forced to refund restored dollars back to taxpayers instead of returning the funding to our schools, roads, health and human services, and institutions of higher learning.
The results are devastating to public education. The Colorado Legislature has been cutting K-12 education funding through a mechanism called the “Negative Factor.” The Negative Factor has cost Littleton Public Schools $87.5 million since 2009. That’s about $1,000 per student per year.
The state’s budget is rapidly approaching a tipping point. This time, the LPS community cannot make up the difference as it has in the past; LPS has nearly reached the limit of locally raised funding allowed by law. This time, there is no local solution, and school budgets will be cut deeper. We in LPS will be powerless to stop it.
We need your help! Contact your legislators and urge them to restore funding to K-12 education.
Thank you for your continued support. It makes all the difference.