Reverend Laurvick, who has represented North and West Denver on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education since he was elected in 2019, is taking a new position with a church in Fort Collins and will be leaving the DPS board at the end of June.
The DPS Board has the authority to appoint a replacement when a vacancy occurs. In 2016, following the resignation of board members Landri Taylor, 22 people applied for that vacant seat. While no official process is set yet and the announcement of a planned resignation means DPS has time to create one, it’s likely the district will have an open call for applicants between now and June and board members may interview candidates they are considering according to an individual close to the situation.
Laurvick made the announcement to his church congregation today, March 13, and sent an official letter to the DPS board shortly after.
As a United Methodist pastor, I am a part of a system in which our Bishop appoints pastors across our region. For the last 10 years, I have served the people of Denver with Highlands United Methodist Church. Yesterday, it was announced that my Bishop intends to appoint me to First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins, effective July 1, 2022. This means June 30th will be my last day of eligibility to serve as a director on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education.
An unusually large wave of retirements has placed a strain on our system this year, leading the Bishop to ask that I take this new appointment despite our shared hope I would not move during my service on the Board. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Denver in this way and trust my board colleagues will find a community and student focused appointee to fill this seat.
Though I had less than 3 months on the Board before the pandemic took hold, I am grateful to have been a part of the COVID response team, a partnership with the Safety & Security team to adapt our safety drills, the approval of the Denver School Leader Association, and the hiring of Superintendent Marrero. I will deeply miss the relational work with my board colleagues, the Superintendent, DPS staff, and the students and educators of this great district.
In Gratitude To Serve With You,
Rev. Bradley Laurvick
Director, Denver Public Schools Board of Education, District 5
Laurvick also posted a letter to his congregation on the church website. The Denver North Star will be following this story as more details become available.