By Nyam Daniel
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has selected Collier County Deputy Superintendent Jose Dotres as the district’s next superintendent.
Dotres will replace Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, who is leaving to oversee the Los Angeles Unified School District. Dotres has held leadership positions in M-DCPS spanning back 30 years, including serving as the superintendent’s chief of staff and the district’s chief human capital officer. He was also a teacher, reading coach, principal, administrator, region director and region superintendent.
Carvalho announced that he was leaving the district on Dec. 9. Sixteen candidates applied for the position to lead the fourth-largest district in the nation. After nine hours of public comment, the school board voted 6-3 to select Dotres. However, students said they should have had more opportunities to participate in the decision.
“The School Board sets meetings during school hours on weekdays intentionally to exclude students,” a post from an Instagram page called Miami Student Walkout said. “Students should not have to choose between being in school and having a voice. The superintendent has control over the day-to-day functions of our schools.”
A small group of students attended the board meeting Monday but had a hard time getting in, student Briell Robinson said. Florida state identification cards are required for entry, but she said many of the students only had school identification cards.