North High School and downtown Denver are pictured in late day light on November 11, 2019. (Andy Colwell, Special to The Colorado Sun)

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By Melanie Asmar and Erica Meltzer, Chalkbeat Colorado

The Denver school board whittled the pool of finalists for superintendent of Denver Public Schools from three to one Wednesday when it named Alex Marrero, a school district administrator in suburban New York, the sole finalist for the job.

The seven-member board is in active contract negotiations with agreement on key terms and is expected to vote on the hire June 3.

Board President Carrie Olson said the board found Marrero demonstrated his ability to listen and interact with the community and bring together people.

Marrero served as interim superintendent of the City School District of New Rochelle for the past eight months, after the previous superintendent resigned. In a video introduction posted when Marrero was named a finalist for the Denver job, he said the Denver district could expect him to “disrupt the status quo” when it comes to the role of superintendent.

The other two superintendent finalists were Andre Wright, the chief academic officer for nearby Aurora Public Schools in Colorado, and Stephanie Soliven, the assistant superintendent for secondary leading and learning in Brevard Public Schools in Florida. A total of 37 candidates applied for the job, according to Alma Advisory Group, the search firm hired by the board.