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Feb. 8, 2006


Superintendent Robert D. Adams will retire on June 30, 2006, after leading the Aurora Public Schools for the past five years.

“This was a hard decision, but it is time to refocus my energy on my family and our future.  I am proud of the hard work of every staff member and student in our district.  I truly believe that APS has the most committed and talented staff in the country.  I am confident that the board of education will successfully lead the district toward increased student achievement,” Adams said.

“Dr. Adams has been a great resource for me as the new board president.  I know that this was a difficult decision for Bob, but I understand that after 36 years of dedicated service, it is time to move forward in his life.  The board values all that he has done for APS.  He has set us in the right direction, and we will continue to partner with him until his retirement,” Board President Matt Cook said.

Adams introduced the innovative instructional plan known as the Aurora Achievement Initiative, which the Colorado Department of Education recently commended.  According to CDE’s Dr. Gerry Difford, “The systemic reform model, which is based upon national research, is tailor-made for the changing needs of the district.  It creates greater capacity of all staff through professional development to ensure instructional improvement to meet the needs of every student.”

Adams began his educational career as a teacher in Michigan.  He served as a high school assistant principal, a high school principal and the director of vocational education.  Adams relocated to Colorado in 1982 and served as principal of Eagle Valley Middle School and Eagle Valley High School. After joining Aurora Public Schools he served as director of employee relations and assistant superintendent of Human Resources.

Adams earned a bachelor’s, master’s and Education Specialist degrees in Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

The board of education is now planning its strategy for recruiting the next superintendent of schools. They will include the APS community in the process.

“APS staff and I have been committed to ensuring that every child in APS learns as much as possible every day—regardless of the child’s economic, linguistic or cultural background.  Our democratic society must have learned citizens if we are to thrive.  I am confident that the next superintendent the board selects will also be committed to all of Aurora’s children,” Adams said.




Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us

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