Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind appoints first deaf superintendent | Colorado Springs Gazette

The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind made institutional history on Monday by appointing acting interim superintendent Tera Spangler permanently to the role.

Spangler, a deaf teacher and administrator at CSDB since 2006, was chosen out of a group of three finalists at a board of trustees meeting on Monday. The other candidates under consideration were Chris Kaftan and Dr. Janet Dickinson, both educators with experience teaching at and running deaf schools.

The board heard public comments and debated at length over the relative merits of Spangler and Kaftan, who made a positive impression at a public engagement session last week and among several of the board members and community members who spoke at the Monday meeting.

The most charged issue of the evening was how a new superintendent would shape the future of a school dedicated to both deaf and blind education. Some board members, including blind board member Michael Stone, expressed concern over appointing a superintendent without Spangler’s direct experience in blind education at CSDB. He also said he was disappointed that the board was unable to field a candidate with a primary blind education background.

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