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Scott D. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools


Scott Murphy is a strong leader with a long history in education. He began his career as a social worker in Boulder and Larimer Counties in 1978. He served as an evaluation analyst and a supervisor of community based education services for the Colorado Department of Education. He entered the world of school finance in 1981 as the budget director for Aurora Public Schools. He also served as the executive director of finance and auxiliary services for the Brighton school district. He served as the chief financial officer and assistant superintendent of business services for Littleton Public Schools for 16 years before being appointed as superintendent on July 1, 2006.

Mr. Murphy has a long and distinguished history with the Colorado Association of School Executive (CASE) and as a leader in Colorado. He is a past president of the Division of Business Officials, a past President of CASE, and was named CASE Business Official of the Year. He served on the technical advisory committee for the design of the 1994 School Finance Act, chaired the 2005 School Finance Task Force for the Senate and House Education Committees, and chaired the Colorado Association of School Boards (CASB) Legislative Committee. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Public Employee Retirement Associaton (PERA) from 2005-2013. He has co-chaired the Denver Area School Superintendents’ Council (DASSC).

A sampling of LPS Accomplishments during his tenure:

  • Littleton Public Schools is ranked 1st in academic performance in the Denver metro area in reading, writing, math and science;
  • Littleton Public Schools is the only Denver metro area school district to have been Accredited with Distinction, the highest academic acreditation rating given by the Colorado Department of Education, for five consecutive years;
  • LPS high schools have the highest graduation rate and the lowest dropout rate of any high schools in the Denver metro area;
  • Student achievement in LPS in the last decade has continued to increase (as measured by state assessment tests) even though the poverty rate in LPS has more than doubled during that time.  The poverty level in LPS is as much as twice that of the other higher-performing districts in the area;
  • 90 percent of LPS graduates are college-bound.  LPS seniors earn more than $30 million annually in college scholarships;
  • The Littleton community has voted in favor of additional local funding for its schools seven times;
  • LPS has one of the largest senior citizen volunteer programs in the nation;
  • The LPS community has shown through community surveys consistent, high levels of satisfaction with its schools;
  • LPS has expanded its offerings, making it a true district of choice;
  • LPS is nationally recognized for its financial management;
  • LPS is nationally recognized for its safety and security protocols.


Professional Experience

July 1, 2006 to present
Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, Colorado

1990-July 1, 2006
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services/
Chief Financial Officer
Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, Colorado

Executive Director of Finance and Auxiliary Services                 
Brighton Public Schools, Brighton, Colorado

Budget Director
Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, Colorado

Supervisor of Community Based Education Services
Colorado Department of Education

Evaluation Analyst
Colorado Department of Education

Social Worker
Boulder and Larimer Counties



  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, University of Colorado
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University


Scott Murphy, Superintendent

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