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Susana Cordova unanimously approved as new DPS superintendent

Months of searching for a Denver Public Schools superintendent resulted in a single finalist - Susana Cordova - who was unanimously approved on Monday.

The Denver Board of Education voted unanimously to name Susana Cordova -  a woman who began her career in Denver as a bilingual teacher - as the next superintendent of the state's largest school district. 

At its meeting on Monday, the school board promoted Cordova, who had served as the district's deputy superintendent for the past two years. She will assume her new role in January. 

Cordova graduated from a DPS school and is the parent of a current student in the district. According to her biography posted on the district’s website, she has also been a teacher and principal before moving into an administrative position.

Cordova was named as the sole finalist for the district’s top job after other candidates who the district said “matched the qualifications” withdrew from the process in late November.

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Tom Boasberg, the previous superintendent, announced he was stepping down in July after nearly 10 years on the job. Cordova was first named interim superintendent in 2016 when Boasberg took a brief leave of absence from the position.

In all, DPS said it spent $161,375 on the search to find the new superintendent.

Cordova is the first Latino to serve as superintendent.

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