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; having attended 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 Adams 12 Five Star Schools has earned accreditation as a Performance District, the district's graduation rate has improved nine percent, the graduation gap between white and Hispanic students has declined to the single digits 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 became the first in the metro Denver area to offer Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) with the 2016-2017 inaugural class at Northglenn High School. Additionally, the district is a member of the national League of Innovative Schools for its success in using technology to improve student achievement.
Chris currently serves on the boards of Junior Achievement Denver, the Adams County Education Consortium, the Public Education and Business Coalition and the Metro North Chamber of Commerce.