Roles of the Board and Superintendent

What is the role of the school board?

The Denver Board of Education is the policy-making body for Colorado’s largest school district. The board is made up of unpaid, elected officials. The board’s powers and duties are established in state law. The board sets the mission and vision for the district, and hires the superintendent to implement its policy direction.

There are seven elected board members, five of which represent regions in the district and two of which are at-large, district-wide representatives. The board members are:

  • Dr. Carrie Olson – Board President, District 3
  • Jennifer Bacon – Board Vice President, District 4 
  • Angela Cobián – Board Treasurer, District 2 
  • Tay Anderson – Board Secretary, At Large
  • Barbara O’Brien – At Large
  • Scott Baldermann – District 1
  • Rev. Bradley Laurvick – District 5

Read more about the roles of the Board of Education on the Colorado Association of School Boards’ website.

The Board of Education

What is the role of the superintendent?

The superintendent functions as the chief executive of the district, and is responsible for managing employees, students, and the DPS budget. The superintendent sets rules and regulations for how to execute the management of the district, and is responsible for long-range planning. They take the vision and directives of the board and put them into action. Large areas of management and execution include setting instructional priorities; creating and implementing the district budget; leading human resources for the district’s employees; and setting the culture and tone for the district’s work.