Last night, the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education voted on several big ticket action items and we have a quick rundown for you. Susana Cordova was unanimously approved as acting superintendent while Tom Boasberg takes an unpaid leave from January through July. Cordova, who currently serves as chief of schools in DPS, helped author the Denver Plan 2020 and administer reforms to drive high-quality schools across the district. She also oversees the leaders of district-run and innovation schools, and implements best practices from successful schools across the country. According to this article in Chalkbeat, under Cordova’s leadership over the next several months, DPS is expected to tackle teacher negotiation contracts, decisions around school closings, and a ballot issue to approve tax increases to pay for school buildings and additional programs.
The board also voted to amend Tom Boasberg’s contract to allow unpaid leave. Boasberg will travel with his family to South America and will be gone from January 4 through July 15; his superintendent contract expires in 2017.
Finally, the 7-member Board of Education selected officers to serve over the next two years. Anne Rowe, the board’s former vice president, was elected president. Barbara O’Brien was selected as vice president and Happy Haynes was elected secretary.