LPS Board of Education selects Dr. Todd Lambert as the next LPS superintendent

Dr. Todd Lambert portraitDuring its regularly scheduled meeting February 23, 2023, the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education – in a 5-0 vote – selected Dr. Todd Lambert as the next LPS superintendent. The Board’s announcement came earlier than originally anticipated as Board members reached consensus quickly and felt it was in the best interests of the district and both finalists to announce the selection as soon as possible. Pending successful contract negotiations, the Board will take action on Dr. Lambert’s contract during the March 9, 2023 Board meeting.

Read more in the LPS Newsroom

Board may announce superintendent selection earlier than anticipated

The LPS Board of Education concluded its community feedback and interview portions of its superintendent search process Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Finalists Melissa Cooper and Todd Lambert were interviewed by three community interview committees during the day; the Board interviewed each finalist last night in open session. The Board then deliberated in executive session. 

While Board members will continue discussions, they feel they could be reaching consensus on the selection of a new superintendent sooner than the originally anticipated date of March 9, 2023. 

Therefore, the Board has added the action item, “Superintendent of Littleton Public Schools Final Candidate” to the February 23, 2023 Board of Education agenda in the event Board members have reached consensus and are ready to announce their decision. They could also choose to hold a special meeting next week or could announce their selection during the March 9, 2023 Board meeting as originally planned. 

Board members noted that if they are in agreement, it would be in the district’s best interests – as well as the best interests of both finalists –  to announce as soon as possible.

The Board’s final interviews capped a five-month superintendent search process centered on input and feedback from staff members, parents, students, and community leaders. Feedback was gathered from all constituencies through surveys, focus groups, receptions, community interview committees, phone calls and emails to the Board. Thanks to everyone who participated in these opportunities.

Get Involved

The LPS Board of Education places a high priority on community feedback and involvement in this process. Thank you to the more than 1,000 parents, community members, employees, and students who participated in recent focus groups and took the survey. Your participation matters!

During its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, January 26, 2023, the Littleton Public Schools Board of Education announced its selection of three finalists to interview for the position of LPS Superintendent. Learn more and read a bio for each of the finalists in the LPS Newsroom!

Attend a reception during Finalist Days in the District
Each finalist will spend a day in the district, interacting with staff, students, parents, and community members and also touring schools. Each finalist will share information about themselves and answer questions during two receptions scheduled for staff, students, parents and community members during their day.

Attend a reception for each finalist to:

  • Hear directly from them
  • Ask them questions during a Q&A session
  • Take a short survey about each candidate. All feedback goes directly to the Board of Education

Community members are encouraged to attend receptions! Dates and times for each finalst's receptions are as follows:

Dr. Todd Lambert’s Day in the District Receptions
Monday, February 6, 2023

  • 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. or
  • 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Melissa Cooper’s Day in the District Receptions
Wednesday, February 8, 2023

  • 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. or
  • 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

All receptions will be in the Boardroom of the Education Services Center (5776 S. Crocker St., Littleton, CO 80120).

Thank you for your continued support of Littleton Public Schools.

* On February 1, 2023, Dr. Douglas VanderJagt withdrew his name from the list of finalists citing personal reasons. His Tuesday February 7 receptions are canceled.


Contact Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates:
Mike Richie, mikerichie[at]hyasearch[dot]com
Heather Williams, heatherwilliams[at]hyasearch[dot]com
Scott Siegfried, scottsiegfried[at]hyasearch[dot]com

Contact Littleton Public Schools:
Diane Leiker
Chief Communications Officer

LPS Board of Education Hires Superintendent Search Firm

During its special meeting Thursday, September 15, 2022, the LPS Board of Education interviewed the following two superintendent search firm finalists:

  • Ray and Associates
  • Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA)

Board members noted that both firms were highly skilled and had solid processes. After interviews and deliberation, the Board took action to hire Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to facilitate finding the next LPS superintendent. There was consensus among Board members that HYA has exceptional processes and experience, detailed timelines, and greater accessibility, which make them a better fit for LPS. 

Board members thanked representatives from both firms who were present in person and virtually during interviews.

Next Steps
The Board of Education will meet with HYA to create an LPS profile, develop a specific timeline for community input, plan vacancy postings, and outline the interview/selection process.

Search Firm Candidates

The following superintendent search firms submitted proposals to the Board of Education:

The Board reviewed proposals in open session during its meeting September 8, 2022 (watch here). The Board interviewed search firm finalists in open session during a special Board of Education meeting on September 15, 2022 (watch here).

The Search Process

August 11, 2022

The Littleton Public Schools Board of Education is seeking a qualified, collaborative, and experienced executive search firm to assist the Board in its search for a new superintendent. The Board wishes to have a new superintendent selected in the February/March 2023 timeframe. Current superintendent Brian Ewert has announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the 2022–2023 school year.

The Board of Education is committed to a superintendent search process that is transparent, inclusive, collaborative, thorough, strategic and forward-thinking, organized and professional. 

Hiring a national search firm:

  • Ensures the involvement of multiple stakeholder groups throughout the community;
  • Focuses on collaboration, input and feedback;
  • Casts a wide net of highly qualified candidates from across the nation;
  • Provides the Board of Education with information needed to make an informed decision; and
  • Provides a springboard for the Board of Education and the incoming superintendent for planning and vision casting. 


Calendar with alarm clock image

February 23, 2023
Board of Education announced its selection for superintendent during the Board's regularly scheduled meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Watch Live Meeting

February 22, 2023
Finalist Interviews; three community committees interview finalists during the day and provide feedback to the Board prior to its finalist interviews, which will be conducted later that day/evening. The Board's finalist interviews will be conducted in open session and will be live streamed.

Dr. Todd Lambert, 5 p.m.
Ms. Melissa Cooper, 6:15 p.m.
Watch Live Interviews

February 6, and February 8, 2023
Finalist Days in the District provide an opportunity for staff, parents, students and community to meet finalists, hear them talk about themselves, ask them questions, and provide feedback to the Board.

Feb. 6 - Dr. Todd Lambert
Feb. 8 - Ms. Melissa Cooper

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. and again 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. both days
Boardroom, Education Services Center, 5776 S. Crocker Street, Littleton, CO 80120

January 24 and 25, 2023
Board of Education interviews semifinalists in executive session and selects finalists. 

January 12, 2023, 4 p.m.
HYA presents a slate of highly qualified candidates (8-10) to Board of Education, from which Board will select semifinalists while in executive session.

December 8, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
HYA presents District Leadership Profile Report to Board of Education during its regularly scheduled meeting.
Watch Meeting
View HYA Presentation
View District Leadership Profile Report and Survey Results

November 10-November 16, 2022
HYA Focus Groups
View the Focus Group Schedule

October 13, 2022, 5 p.m.
Workshop of the Board of Education: HYA presents a timeline of superintendent search activities for the Board's approval
Watch Workshop
View the Superintendent Job Posting
View the Superintendent Search Timeline of Activities

September 15, 2022; 5 p.m.
Special Meeting of the Board of Education: Board interviews superintendent search firm finalists, deliberates, possibly announces a selection

Board of Education chooses Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates.
View the agreement with HYA
Watch Meeting

Ray and Associates Proposal, part 1
Ray and Associates Proposal, part 2
Ray and Associates Presentation

Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates Proposal
Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates Presentation

September 8, 2022; 5 p.m.
Board of Education Workshop: Board reviews submitted superintendent search firm proposals, chooses finalists 
Watch Meeting

August 31, 2022
Proposal Submission deadline

August 15, 2022
Board of Education posts Request For Proposals for a superintendent search firm on Bid Net

August 11, 2022, 6:30 p.m.
Board of Education meeting: action item - Search Firm RFP
Watch Meeting
View search firm RFP as approved

August 11, 2022, 5 p.m.
Board of Education Workshop: Request For Proposals for a superintendent search firm
Watch Workshop 

June 9, 2022
Board of Education discussion: Superintendent Search Process/Tentative Timeline
Watch Meeting
View Presentation