DPS opens meetings in search for new superintendent

Tom Boasberg celebrates his last first day of school; Platt Park school launches STEM program


DPS announces public meetings in search for new superintendent

In July, Tom Boasberg announced that he would be stepping down as superintendent of Denver Public Schools. The district has held several meetings with stakeholders to start a search for a replacement. Throughout the month of September, DPS has also announced several public meetings so members of the community can be engaged in the search as well.

Regional meeting schedule:

• Sept. 4 at Abraham Lincoln High School, 2285 S. Federal Blvd.

• Sept. 5 at John F. Kennedy High School, 2855 S. Lamar St.

• Sept. 11 at Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd.

• Sept. 12 at George Washington High School, 655 Monaco Parkway

• Sept. 13 at Thomas Jefferson High School, 3950 S. Holly St.

• Sept. 18 at the Evie Dennis Campus, 4800 Telluride St.

DPS will be adding more dates and locations. All scheduled meetings will be posted at supersearch.dpsk12.org. A survey is also being added to this site for people unable to attend meetings.

The last first day

Boasberg celebrated his last first day of school event this year at Escalante-Biggs Academy in north Denver at 5300 Crown Blvd. He greeted the school’s youngest students as they started on Aug. 20.

Increasing stats

DPS announced in a news release that students continue to show academic growth in the statewide standardized test. Results from the Colorado Measures of Academic Progress (CMAS) were released in August. In 2005, Denver students were 25 points behind the Colorado average in literacy and 22 points behind in math. This year, the gaps declined to three and two points, respectively.

“In 2005, DPS was last among the state’s largest 12 districts in academic growth in English language arts and math,” Boasberg said in the release. “Through the focus of the Denver Plan and the incredibly hard work of our teachers, students and families, DPS has gone from last to first in academic growth.”

DPS also announced that graduation numbers in the district continue to rise. The class of 2018 was the largest the school has had, with 400 more graduating students than the previous record.

Full STEM ahead

McKinley-Thatcher Elementary School, 1230 S. Grant St., is implementing the first year of its new science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, Project Lead the Way (PLTW). In the spring of 2018, McKinley won a $15,000 grant from Lockheed Martin to purchase the PLTW curriculum with the goal of empowering their students to be authentic, joyful learners who are ready to explore the world.

McKinley-Thatcher has also finalized plans for a building and enrollment expansion. The school will be growing from one class per grade level to two classes per grade, and adding a state-of-the-art wing with six new classrooms and shared spaces. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late autumn 2018.

The 2018-2019 school year has officially started. Have news you would like share with Washington Park Profile readers? Send it to klamb@coloradocommunitymedia.com.


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