Leadership & Management

Colorado State Board members said they believe growth will speed up in Adams 14 schools.

The board picked Gionni Thompson, a longtime administrator who’s worked in other Colorado schools.

The Colorado State Board of Education will hear the recommendations at a hearing in May.

The new CEO will start in mid-March and work with Bill Kurtz before he leaves the post, to smooth the transition.

Katy Anthes will lead a book study and offer private and small group coaching to help school district leaders and others tamp down heated rhetoric.

The board is set to vote on the proposal Nov. 16, after next week’s school board election but before new board members are sworn in.

Three of the seven Denver school board seats are up for grabs Nov. 7.

Anderson says he is entitled to reimbursement for legal expenses related to a 2021 investigation. The district won’t release the terms of the agreement.

Slutzker said he believes it’s important for district decision-makers to listen to teachers. “They’re the experts,” he said.

Kurtz said he plans to leave DSST at the end of this school year.

Board President Xóchitl “Sochi” Gaytán said the limits are meant to respect the time of board members and Denver Public Schools staff.

De La Rosa will face incumbent Charmaine Lindsay and opponent Adam Slutzker to represent District 5 on the school board.

Dennis claims DPS fired him in retaliation for speaking to the media about safety concerns and then publicly disparaged him.

The Denver school board backed the superintendent’s decision to fire Kurt Dennis. The popular McAuliffe principal spoke out about safety concerns, then was accused of mistreating students.

Board VP Auon’tai Anderson and two other board members had requested the board vote to suspend its policy barring board members from working for DPS.

Board Vice President Auon’tai Anderson said he’d like to take a job with DPS before his board term ends in November.

For months, Denver fought to keep the meeting private. Here’s what the recording shows. 

The principals union has filed a grievance, while current and former DPS employees say the firing of McAuliffe principal Kurt Dennis sends a bad message about dissent.

Youngquist will face at least two opponents in the Nov. 7 election.

The board voted in public Wednesday after coming out of a closed-door session.