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DPS Board of Education Statement on Leadership Update

Nov. 13, 2020

Dear DPS Community,

By now you may have heard the bittersweet announcement about Superintendent Susana Cordova’s departure. After over 30 years in DPS, she has accepted a position in Dallas Independent School District as the Deputy Superintendent of Leading and Learning. We are excited for her to pursue this new opportunity in Dallas. We will miss her, and our community will miss her.

We are so grateful to Susana for the work that she has done for DPS in her 31-year career as an educator and a leader. We have been so lucky that she’s been a part of DPS throughout her life–as a student, a mom, a teacher, a leader, and as a trailblazer. She is the first Latina Superintendent in DPS, and only one of two women of color to lead our district.  In addition, she is bilingual and has been able to speak with many families in our district in their native language. We have watched her lead with her heart and soul, and with grace, humility, and passion for her mission to ensure all of DPS’ students succeed, not by accident but by design. 

We want to remind people that the way our students experience DPS is through all the incredible people they interact with every day. This will not change. For all the individuals that educate and care of our students every day–that incredible work will continue daily.  We are grateful for all of you in our community who do the daily work of nurturing our students, especially now during a pandemic.

We are working with Susana to determine her last day, and we will be selecting an interim superintendent to help us keep all the important work moving forward at DPS. We will then build out a timeline for the new superintendent search. As with everything we do, engagement with our staff, our families, our students, and our community will be the top priority throughout this process. We learned a lot from our last search process in 2018 and we are excited to build on that work. 

We have a caring and involved community. In the last couple of years, we have received so much input from our communities and we will use those voices to inform our next steps. And then we will do even more to hear from families and communities to determine how we move forward together.

We also have strong, collaborative leadership across the district, which will ensure continuity and stability across all of DPS. We have done work to streamline our systems and ensure greater transparency, which will serve us well as we navigate these changes.

We have a strong foundation that carries us through our daily work every day — amazing teachers, school leaders, operational staff and central support teams that are here for our students. 

Lastly, we have our crisis priorities guiding our work and our planning for the remainder of the school year. We remain committed to being an Equity-focused, Students First district, and we will carry on uninterrupted and undaunted by the challenges ahead.

Every organization goes through leadership changes, and we are committed as Team DPS to seeing this through with a continued focus on equity and service to our students and families. 


The Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education
Carrie A. Olson, PhD, Board President, District 3
Jennifer Bacon, Vice President, District 4
Angela Cobián, Treasurer, District 2
Tay Anderson, Secretary, At Large
Scott Baldermann, District 1
Reverend Bradley Laurvick, District 5
Barbara O’Brien, PhD, At Large