DENVER — The Denver Public Schools superintendent announced Tuesday that he is stepping down from the position.
After almost a decade as head of the state’s largest school district, Tom Boasberg said he decided to step down "to fulfill my commitment to my family and pass the torch of leadership,” according to DPS.
He has committed to serve for three more months while the board of education starts its search for a successor.
“Serving as DPS’ leader has been the honor of a lifetime for me,” he said. “The talent and commitment of our students and our educators never cease to inspire me. Spending time in classrooms, meeting with students, and collaborating with teachers, school leaders and district leaders have brought me great joy and given me great hope.”
In a DPS letter, he thanked the board of education for its leadership and partnership, as well as the schools’ teachers, leaders, support staff and district leadership teams. He said he deeply believes in the students in the school system and that they give him hope for the future.
Anne Rowe, president of DPS Board of Education, said she has worked closely with Boasberg for the past seven years.
“We are in every way a better district than a decade ago, and our students, families and educators have all benefited from his service,” she said in a letter. “We have become a district recognized nationally for innovation, from our emphasis on teachers as leaders in their buildings to our focus on the social and emotional — as well as academic — needs of our kids. Perhaps most importantly, almost 2,000 more of Denver’s children are graduating from high school every year, prepared for brighter futures.”