Dear Team DPS:
I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate the three new Denver Board of Education Members who were elected to four-year terms on Tuesday night. There were a total of nine candidates running for the three seats on the board, and I think it’s a testament to our community’s commitment to public education that we had such strong interest in these critically important, unpaid, public-service positions.
The new board members and the areas they were elected to represent are:
Tay Anderson–At-Large Board Member, representing the entire city; Scott Baldermann–District 1, representing Southeast Denver; Brad Laurvick–District 5, representing Northwest Denver. They join the following already seated members: Vice President Barbara O’Brien (At-Large); Board Secretary Dr. Carrie A. Olson (District 3); Board Member Jennifer Bacon (District 4); and Board Member Angela Cobián (District 2). Learn more about these board members here, and click here to see maps of each board area.
I’m very much looking forward to working with the new board members and collaborating with the full Board of Education and our community on making equity a reality in the Denver Public Schools by providing the best service we can to all of our families. Our board’s commitment to the students in Denver is unwavering and we are fortunate to have them leading our district.
The three new Board members are expected to be sworn in on December 4th and will begin their terms with the December board meetings. Click here to learn more about the board, including 2019-20 board meeting dates, guidelines for providing comments and feedback to the Board, and information on how to watch meetings online.
I also want to extend my sincere appreciation to our Board Members who are finishing up their terms this month: Board President Anne Rowe, who served two terms representing District 1 and four years serving as Board Chair; At-Large Board Member Happy Haynes, who also served two terms and two years as Board Chair; and District 5 Board Member and Board Treasurer Lisa Flores. Each of these civic leaders has put so much of themselves into leading our school district and caring for and educating the children of Denver. I will be forever grateful for their thoughtful leadership.
Our city is so strong because of the talents and dedication of the people who choose public service, and we welcome the involvement and collaboration of our entire community in continuing to strengthen our schools.