Alex Marrero. (Handout)

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Alex Marrero is Denver’s next superintendent after the school board voted 6 to 1 to confirm the 38-year-old bilingual educator from New York.

Alex Marrero. (Handout)

“My vote for Dr. Marrero is a vote for all of the priorities we heard as we created a forum for our community to lift up their hopes and their fears for our schools,” board President Carrie Olson said. “Dr. Marrero, I believe in your ability to inspire people and reinvest in a public school system where every child is seen and able to achieve their full potential.”

Marrero will start July 6, taking the helm of Colorado’s largest school district as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and enters a new era of declining enrollment and new approaches to school oversight.

Under a contract approved Thursday, Marrero will be paid $260,000 a year to start. That’s the same salary earned by the previous superintendent, Susana Cordova, and more than the $242,125 Tom Boasberg made when he left Denver Public Schools in 2018.


Erica Meltzer is Bureau Chief of Chalkbeat Colorado, where she also covers the legislature and statewide education issues. Erica was a founding editor of the local news site Denverite. Before that, she covered everything from housing and energy...