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Briefs: Aurora superintendent search

The Aurora school district is holding a series of focus group meetings this week to gather opinions about what Aurora Public Schools should be looking for in a new superintendent to replace John Barry, who is leaving at the end of the school year.

Focus groups will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with staff, community members and parents (see the schedule here). The district will post online surveys and hold community meetings later to gather more comment.

DPS board application available

The Denver school board also is on the hunt to fill a vacancy, this one for a board member to replace Nate Easley, who has represented region 4 in Northeast Denver. To be eligible, an applicant has to have been a registered voter in the region for at least a year.

Application forms and region information are available here. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday.

No superintendent search in Cherry Creek

The Cherry Creek school board last week named Harry Bull, assistant superintendent for human resources, as the sole finalist for the district’s top job. Current Superintendent Mary Chesley, who also came up through the district ranks, is retiring at the end of the school year.

State law requires a board to wait two weeks after selecting a sole finalist before naming that person as superintendent officially. Get more information in this news release.

Legacy Foundation 2013 lunch set

The Colorado Legacy Foundation’s annual luncheon will be April 17 at Sheraton Downtown Denver. The keynote speaker will be Zeke Emanuel, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and an expert on innovative health care. The event will honor Sam Gary, founder of the Gary Community Investment Co. and founder and chair of the Piton Foundation.

Click here for information and to make reservations.

Aurora P.E. teacher honored

Clayton Ellis, a physical education teacher at Aurora Central High School, was recently named the winner of the Honor Award by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Ellis will receive the award at the organization’s annual convention in April.

The Honor Award is given to an individual who displays personal integrity, devoted service and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of health, physical education, recreation or dance.

Ellis is also an EdNews Parent expert open to answering questions from parents about physical fitness.