Superintendent Chris Gdowski
Superintendent of Adams 12 Five Star Schools; Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder
Chris has a strong connection to Adams 12 Five Star Schools; attending school in the district, serving as the district's lead outside legal counsel for many years, transitioning in 2006 into the in-house general counsel role, and serving as superintendent since November 2009.
During his tenure as superintendent the district's graduation rate has improved by double digits, the graduation gap between white and Hispanic students has declined to less than 5 percent and the average ACT composite score for students has increased to its highest level. The Five Star District has opened two K-8 STEM schools and has transformed an existing comprehensive high school to a STEM-focused model under his leadership; with these schools producing strong academic achievement results. The district was recently admitted into the national League of Innovative Schools for its success in using technology to improve student achievement.
Chris currently serves as the co-chair of the Denver Area School Superintendents Council. He serves on the boards of Junior Achievement Denver, the Public Education and Business Coalition, the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, and Adams County Economic Development.