DENVER – Denver Public Schools officials on Wednesday announced Alex Marrero, an assistant superintendent from a New York district, as their superintendent finalist, culminating in a month-long search for a permanent director for Colorado’s largest school district.

Marrero is from New Rochelle, NY, north of New York City.

Carrie Olson, president of the Denver Schools Board, announced that the district has entered contract negotiations with Marrero and that board officials are excited to officially approve his appointment as superintendent by June 3rd.

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Emphasizing the importance of equity in education, Marrero said he and his family had to overcome the pressures as a boy.

“For those all over Denver, this is evidence that if there is a will, a commitment from educators, there is a way to make sure you are overcome,” Marrero said.

Marrero said he would make sure that no student “gets lost in the system,” a fear he had growing up in New York City.

The incoming superintendent explained his focus on removing barriers and performance gaps for students, providing feedback to students along the way, and ensuring students’ voices are heard across the district.

When asked about concerns about Marrero’s non-Denver area, Olson highlighted Marrero’s experience as a multilingual learner and said the board believed it would inspire students to reach their potential and “be seen and heard for whoever they are.” are”.

Marrero said he welcomed the skepticism.

“It keeps me sharp,” said Marrero.

Andre Wright, the academic director of Aurora Public School, and Stephanie Soliven, an assistant superintendent from Brevard County, Florida, were the other two finalists. The three finalists were selected from a pool of 85 applicants. About 20 were interviewed with the district and 15 with the education committee.

Denver had been looking for a superintendent for months after Susana Cordova left last semester to join the Dallas Independent School District in Texas as assistant superintendent.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association issued a statement in support of the Marrero selection:

“We support the decision of the DPS Board of Directors to select Dr. Alex Marrero as the new Superintendent of Denver Public Schools and look forward to working with Dr. Marrero to meet the needs of our students, educators and community members. Additionally we are. ” optimistic that the superintendent and the school board of the DPS will work with us to reduce systematic racism throughout education. “