"Aurora schools chief Rico Munn has been named Colorado’s Superintendent of the Year for 2019 by the Colorado Association of School Executives.
The first person of color to lead the almost 41,000-student district, Munn has faced challenging circumstances since taking the post in 2013.
'Having worked for and with Rico over the past several years, I can say that I’ve never met a more courageous and principled leader,' said Lisa Escárcega, the organization’s executive director. 'He does what is right for kids even if that’s the unpopular or difficult decision, and is remarkably mindful in his approach to leading the school district. Rico is the last to seek credit for his work and accomplishments.'
In a written statement, Munn called Aurora, a 'district with momentum' and praised others’ work."