Den­ver Pub­lic Schools is in good hands with Su­sana Cor­dova as act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent.

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Al­though you can quar­rel with Tom Boas­berg’s de­ci­sion to take a six-month leave as Den­ver schools su­per­in­ten­dent to travel with his fam­ily — and we cer­tainly have — the school board did place the dis­trict in good hands.

Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Su­sana Cor­dova, who was ap­pointed Dec. 1 by the board and takes over this year, is likely to be a steady and com­pe­tent leader for Den­ver Pub­lic Schools un­til Boas­berg’s re­turn on July 1.

Cor­dova has been a stu­dent, teacher, prin­ci­pal and ad­min­is­tra­tor in DPS. Most re­cently she was chief of schools and chief aca­demic of­fi­cer un­der Boas­berg.

The dis­trict also tied up sev­eral thorny is­sues be­fore Boas­berg em­barked on his ex­tended va­ca­tion. DPS re­cently reached an agree­ment with the Den­ver Class­room Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion over how to dis­trib­ute bonuses from the ProComp in­cen­tive sys­tem that is par­tially based on re­sults from the state’s new test­ing sys­tem.

Also, the union and dis­trict agreed to ex­tend for an­other year the mas­ter con­tract agree­ment which was to ex­pire at the end of Au­gust.

The dis­trict ear­lier this year worked out turn­around ef­forts in south­west Den­ver, adding new mid­dle school pro­grams at Kepner and Henry mid­dle schools. And last month the board ap­proved poli­cies that will direct when the dis­trict in­ter­venes on low­per­form­ing Cor­dova schools and es­tab­lished new mid­dle school pro­grams in north Den­ver.

In an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion to step away for six months, Boas­berg said he wouldn’t be able to do so with­out be­ing “fully con­fi­dent in the DPS team’s abil­ity to move full speed ahead in my ab­sence.”

The dis­trict’s poli­cies and mis­sion have been well de­fined un­der the Den­ver Plan. And while it is cer­tain that is­sues will arise in Boas­berg’s ab­sence, as they al­ways do, Cor­dova, who has been with DPS al­most her whole ca­reer, is a smart pick to guide the gi­ant ship. This quite pos­si­bly could be a good try­out for a per­ma­nent po­si­tion some­time in the fu­ture.

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