Director Brad Laurick has informed the Denver Public Schools Board of Education of his intent to vacate his Board seat by the end of June. Elected in 2019, Pastor Laurvick’s term would have ended in 2023. In his message to the Board, he wrote:
“For the last 10 years, I have served the people of Denver with Highlands United Methodist Church. Today, it was announced that my Bishop intends to appoint me to First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins, effective July 1, 2022. This means June 30th will be my last day of eligibility to serve as a director on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education.”
“Pastor Laurvick always brought a sensitive, thoughtful and measured discussion to the issues we addressed,” said Board President Xóchitl Gaytán. “We are thrilled that Pastor Laurvick has this new opportunity to serve in his church. At the same time, he will definitely be missed on the DPS Board of Education.”
School board directors need to be members of the district that they serve. After Director Laurvick moves, Board of Education members will need to appoint a replacement to represent northwest Denver. This process will include the Board passing a resolution declaring a vacancy. Once this is done, the Board will then have 60 days to appoint an individual to serve District 5 until a successor to the seat is elected in the 2023 elections.
The process will be transparent and open to the public. Additional details will be announced in the upcoming months around how to apply and be considered for the appointment.