Mr. James Ford, Interim Superintendent

Mr. James Ford has been selected by the Cozad Board of Education to serve as Interim  Superintendent of Cozad Community Schools for the 2022-2023 school year.  Mr. Ford has served  the Cozad School district the past three years as Special Education Director and CEEC building administrator.  

Mr. Ford would like to share the following with our parents, patrons and community members:

"Day one of school. Excitement is in the air, new shoes and clothes are on, hair is combed or braided, pictures are being snapped, and tears will be shed from proud parents across Cozad. What an opportunity we have in front of us.

I can’t wait to help Cozad Community Schools have the best school year possible. The students need our staff to be the best they can be daily. The students will love coming to school with our team. Our staff will make it count. We need the community's help to make this the best year possible. The administration is here to serve you and our community. 

As we start the 2022-2023 school year, I want to highlight what I am urging our staff to focus on while building upon our culture. The best school culture is student-centered, builds relationships, demands integrity, encourages a growth mindset, and pushes everyone to embrace productive discomfort. Our goal is to reach our maximum potential in everything that we do. This means that we consistently work to improve every day to become the best version of ourselves. We can do this as a team. I am proud to be a part of our team.

Here are a few expectations I have of myself, and I encourage the staff at Cozad to embrace:

  1. Do what is best for students—listening, caring, pushing them, and expecting accountability. 

  2. Build healthy relationships with students, parents, and fellow staff members at every opportunity. 

  3. Maximize the time we have with students. The best teachers teach bell to bell with minimal downtime. Staff should push for incremental improvement daily.

  4. Maintain high levels of professionalism in all of your interactions. 

  5. Stay flexible. Our jobs require us to roll with change and be productive with our limited time with students. 

  6. Keep school issues confidential. We must keep students, families, and staff information private. 

  7. Enjoy the journey. It is the best profession in the world. Stay focused on the big picture. We get to help students prepare for their best life after school. 

I love Cozad. Cozad is a special place. Cozad is home for my family. I will work as hard as possible to serve the students, staff, Board of Education, and the community of Cozad. I welcome your help. I am excited to start this journey with our students, staff, and community. It is a great day to be a Maker!"  ~~James Ford, Interim Superintendent

Mr.  Ford is married to Ashley Ford, Middle School Language Arts teacher, and has three young children. Joseph who is entering Kindergarten, Lydia who attends CEEC PreK, and  Emily who just turned two years old.  We are so excited to have Mr. Ford in this role for our district!