DENVER – The Denver Board of Education voted Thursday to appoint Dr. Alex Marrero as the next superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS). Dr. Marrero’s first official day as the leader of Colorado’s largest school district is July 6.
The appointment comes after a nationwide search and months of community engagement that involved input and feedback from students, parents, staff and community members. Dr. Marrero comes to DPS from the City School District of New Rochelle, NY, where he is serving as interim superintendent, and brings a decade of experience as a practitioner in the New York City Department of Education, the nation’s largest and most diverse school system. Dr. Marrero also brings with him the lived experience of being an English-language learner as a student.
“Never would I have imagined that the son of an immigrant mother and refugee father, who was expected to be another statistic in the quest for the American dream, can now lead a nationally top-performing school district to continue to raise the bar for all students, and to eliminate any opportunity gaps between identifiable groups of students,” Dr. Marrero said.
Interim Superintendent Dwight Jones will continue to lead DPS until Dr. Marrero’s official start.
“We are deeply thankful to Dwight Jones for his steadfast leadership and spirit of collaboration throughout these unprecedented times,” said Carrie Olson, Board President. “We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who participated in this collaborative search process. We appreciate your time, energy, passion and partnership, and we look forward to continuing our work with you to ensure that Dr. Marrero is supported to succeed in his leadership of the district.”