Dr. Keith Owen

Dr. Keith Owen, Superintendent of Schools in front of American Flag

A Message from our Superintendent

  • Welcome to the #FFC8family!

    If you are here visiting our website, then hopefully that means you are current parent or employee, looking for (and finding!) important information you need as you journey with us, or you’re a prospective parent or employee looking to gauge how amazing our district is. If it’s the latter, let me be the first to tell you that this district is absolutely stellar through and through.

    FFC8 is one of the most unique districts in the state of Colorado. At 70% military-connected, we pride ourselves on serving the families who serve this country. We are involved in many military education coalitions and organizations in order to make sure we are implementing best practices to support military children. For example, I am the Commissioner for Colorado in the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission (MIC3). We are also members of the Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) as well as National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS). Our primary goal is to make military children, and all children, feel welcome in our district and make the transition in as smooth as possible. View our video that talks about our approach to serving military children.

    This district has also placed a high value on health and safety, in a unique way. Three years ago, the district made a commitment to place a School Resource Officer in every school in our district. Partnerships with both Fort Carson and the Fountain Police Department made this effort happen and continue to make it work to benefit students. In 2020, the district committed to having a school nurse in every school building, also. This position (and sometimes teams, in our larger schools) support the health of our students, staff and families every day. Both of these initiatives ensure that FFC8 schools are safe and healthy places for students and staff to be.

    Reflective of the great work they are doing, the leadership in this district is award-winning! Rochelle Williams, Assistant Principal at Abrams Elementary School on Fort Carson, was honored as the 2020 Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE).  That same year, Dr. William Dallas, Principal at Fountain Middle School, was recognized as the 2020 Middle Level Principal of the Year by CASE and Mrs. Michelle Canon, Principal at Patriot Elementary School, was recognized as the 2020 Rookie of the Year. Awards continued to roll in for our outstanding leadership team when Lois Skaggs, Principal at Abrams Elementary School, was selected to be the 2021 Colorado Elementary Principal of the Year. All in all, this team mightily leads our district toward our mission to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s responsibilities.

    I hope you find what you need both in your journey with us and as you click through our website. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out at 719-382-1300.

    Dr. Keith Owen