We've heard from dozens of Denver community members about what they want to see the DPS board of education prioritize in their search for a new superintendent.
Over the past week, several community leaders have shared their thoughts about Superintendent Cordova's departure, including 14 past DPS School Board Directors that span years of service and political lines.
I've been talking to families that we work with and they are focused on ensuring that the DPS board truly engages the community in this process and sets the new superintendent up for success with a understanding of how we will serve every student in the district. Last week, Nebula a mom in DPS told the Board, "I do expect this community and this board to stay committed to the diverse and beautiful representation that Susana brought us. I would love to see three strong leaders from backgrounds our students can relate too as finalists of our next search. Individuals committed to continuing the battle against the systematic inequalities that our students defy every day."
Other parents weighed in during the last board meeting saying:
"We need to start compromising and I expect this process to be handled with care and done responsibly. I would love to see a superintendent that shares the same values as our communities, I expect to see a representation of our struggles, our language and our community. our teachers, students and administrators of color a fighting chance not just a check mark that we hired someone of color but a change in practices and culture to actually retain them," DPS parent and Stand Fellow, Natalie said.
"As a parent, I may not be afforded the opportunity to sit at the actual table with the search committee for this position and I am okay with that, because that is not my intended role anyway; I elected YOU for that. I chose you to listen, advocate, and show up on my behalf in times such as this," said Tina, DPS parent and Stand Fellow.
"Me gustaria que en el proceso de elejir a una persona para ocupar este puesto de super intendente involucren a la comunidad y esuchen usus opiniones. Si hablara espanol, mucho major para comunicarse con toda la comunidad Latina," said Nallely DPS parent and Stand Fellow.
"I do expect this community and this board to stay committed to the diverse and beautiful representation that Susana brought us. I would love to see three strong leaders from backgrounds our students can relate too as finalists of our next search. Individuals committed to continuing the battle against the systematic inequalities that our students defy every day," Nebula, DPS parent said.
"You make these appointments on the behalf of us , your parents and constituents; therefore, I am charging and challenging you to invite input from us, listen to it, and then act upon it accordingly. And that work starts tonight. Remember – it isn’t just WHO you pick for this role that will be your legacy, it will be moreover HOW you go about doing so," said Kaye, DPS parent and Stand Fellow.
We want to hear from you about what you want to see from the search process and your hopes and expectations from the new superintendent.
We will be providing you more information about next steps and opportunities to engage, but for now, make sure your voice is heard.