Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susana Cordova Is Resigning – Q&A with Board member Brad Laurvick
Brad Laurvick, Denver Public Schools answers questions about the abrupt departure of Denver Superintendent Susana Cordova:
Was this a surprise?
•Yes, It was unexpected.
DPS appears to have a weak bench to source interims from, especially through the prism of staff likely to have political support of the board majority. Does that mean an external interim candidate?
•We have just begun our conversations about an interim and will keep the community updated as we do so.
The Cordova tenure has been extremely challenging. How does that bear on finding a successor?
•Navigating the conclusion of the teacher strike, state budget stabilization cuts, and the pandemic has required a lot from everyone at DPS. And the current realities of the pandemic will require a superintendent willing to get right to work addressing the crisis priorities the board has named to best support our students and staff.
There has been ideological continuity from Bennet to Boasberg to Cordova. That continuity now seems disrupted. What’s next?
•We are just beginning our work on the Denver Plan 2030, a new ten year strategic vision for the district. I look forward to using the landmarks of the plan to shape our choice in a new superintendent.
How is this going to impact pandemic-related decision-making in the short and medium term?
•The superintendent will turn decision making authority over to the board selected interim as we finalize a date for transition. All decisions have been made in consultation with doctors from Denver Health, board representation, and input from teachers and building leaders- this team will continue to support our interim leader.
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