Superintendent Susana Cordova leaving Denver Public Schools after 2 years

Denver Public Schools Superintendent Susan Cordova will be leaving the district just two years after being voted into the position, according to an internal memo to district employees obtained by The Denver Post.

She accepted a position in the Dallas Independent School District as the deputy superintendent of leading and learning, according to the note.

Cordova is expected to announce her resignation at a news conference at 3:45 p.m. Friday.

Cordova, who graduated from the district that she has led, spent much of her career at DPS serving as a bilingual secondary teacher, principal of a high-needs elementary school and an administrator. She succeed Tom Boasberg as superintendent of Colorado’s largest district, which serves about 93,000 students.

During her tenure, the district experienced a teachers strike, a “bomb cyclone” and most recently a global pandemic.

“As the child of Mexican-American parents and a first-generation college graduate, I know that I owe a debt of gratitude to DPS, and I have been honored to spend the past 31 years as a member of Team DPS,” Cordova said in her note to staff. “I am sad to be leaving Denver, but I will be eternally grateful to everyone I have worked with and learned from over the past decades.”

Over the coming weeks, Cordova plans to work with the board of education and the senior leadership team to ensure a smooth transition, her note said; however, it’s unclear who will step in as interim superintendent.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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