Todd Lambert named interim superintendent of Poudre School District

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Todd Lambert has officially been named interim superintendent for Poudre School District while the board searches for the district’s next leader. 

Lambert, previously PSD’s assistant superintendent of elementary schools, was named the sole finalist for the interim position by the Board of Education during a Dec. 16 meeting. He was unanimously appointed to the role by the board during a meeting Wednesday night.

Lambert will assume the duties of superintendent while the district searches for a permanent replacement. The district announced Dec. 7 that Sandra Smyser would retire early from the superintendent role after 7 1/2 years. 

Lambert does not plan to pursue the position of permanent superintendent because he recently accepted a job offer as superintendent of another school district, according to a previous statement from the district, though the statement did not specify which district.

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At Lambert’s recommendation, the board also unanimously appointed current Lopez Elementary School Principal Traci Gile to Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools to fill Lambert’s prior position.

“It has been my honor to serve the Lopez Elementary community and I am humbled to extend my service to encompass the greater Poudre School District community through this new opportunity,” Gile said in a district statement. “We have tremendous schools in PSD, and I am proud to support continued excellence.” 

Applications for superintendent are currently being accepted through the search firm hired by the district, Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates: https://hyasearch.com/job/24471/.

The district plans to start accepting applications for a permanent assistant superintendent of elementary schools in February or early March, spokesperson Madeline Noblett said. 

The goal is to have both positions filled before the start of the 2021-22 school year. 

More information on the superintendent search can be found online at https://www.psdschools.org/PSDSuperintendentSearch

Sady Swanson covers public safety, K-12 education and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at sswanson@coloradoan.com or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.