Board of Education Update – November 15, 2018 Regular Meeting

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Superintendent Search Update 

Denver Board of Education Member Lisa Flores provided an update on the recruitment and interview process for the next superintendent. Based on the priorities and feedback of the more than 4,500 individuals who participated in the first phase of community engagement, the board vetted 122 potential applicants — 44% of whom were female and 55% of whom were candidates of color. Details about the recruitment, application and initial interview process are available here.

On Monday, Nov. 26, the board plans to announce the finalist(s) they wish to consider for the position. “For the final interview and deliberation phase, we will be asking the candidates to join us for learning walks in some of our schools, to experience key parts of our district and meet with our internal and external stakeholders,” Flores said.

DPS will host opportunities for students, families, teachers, leaders, staff and members of the community to meet the finalist(s) on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and Wednesday, Dec. 5. More information about these upcoming engagement activities will be shared as soon as possible at supersearch.dpsk12.org.

Applicants Met Quality Bar for 2018 Supplemental Call for New Quality Schools

The board voted to approve the quality of both new applicants —  Denver Green School – Northfield and High Tech ECE-8 School — for the 2018 Supplemental Call for New Quality Schools (“the Call”).

Together with Beacon Network, which was approved for quality through the spring 2018 Call, these applicants will go through a community matching process in December to determine which new school is the best fit for the Greater Park Hill Stapleton community and district needs.

The full presentation, including an overview of the decision-making process and framework, is available here.

The complete 2018 Supplemental Call document, application resources and more information about the process are available here.

Charter Renewals Approved

The board also voted on resolutions supporting 17 schools’ charter renewals, approving the recommendations made by district staff Monday, with the exception of Roots Elementary, which surrendered its charter prior to this evening’s meeting. The board approved the surrender of the Roots Elementary contract, effective at the end of this school year.

These are the renewals by region (with contract extensions for meeting performance conditions):

Far Northeast:

  • DSST Green Valley Ranch — 5-year renewal
  • KIPP NE Leadership Academy High School — 3-year renewal with opportunity for 2-year extension
  • KIPP NE Elementary — 2-year renewal with opportunity for 3-year extension
  • KIPP NE Middle School — 2-year renewal with opportunity for 2-year extension
  • Monarch Montessori — 1-year renewal with opportunity for 2-year extension

Near Northeast:

  • Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside — 5-year renewal

Southwest:

  • DSST College View HS — 3-year renewal with opportunity for 2-year extension
  • Rocky Mountain Prep Southwest — 2-year renewal with opportunity for 3-year extension
  • STRIVE Prep – Federal — 5-year renewal
  • STRIVE Prep – SMART — 1-year renewal with opportunity for 2-year extension

Northwest:

  • Academy of Urban Learning – 1-year renewal with opportunity for 1-year extension

Southeast and Central:

  • Denver Justice High School — 2-year renewal with opportunity for 1-year extension
  • Downtown Denver Expeditionary School — 2-year renewal with opportunity for 2-year extension
  • REACH — 2-year renewal with opportunity for 1-year extension
  • RISE UP — 1-year renewal
  • Wyatt Academy — 2-year renewal with opportunity for 2-year extension

You can view the charter renewal supporting documents here.