DORAL, FL – Dr. Jose L. Dotres was chosen Monday night as the new M-DCPS superintendent during a special meeting held at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.
The Miami-Dade Public Schools Board voted 6-3 in favor of Dotres, who was competing against Dr. Rafaela Espinal and Jacob Oliva to take the position left vacant by Alberto Carvalho, soon to become Los Angeles District Superintendent after 14 years of service leading Miami-Dade Schools.
Dr. Dotres will now take this role, leaving his current one as Deputy Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools, where he has been working for the past nine months.
According to a M-DCPS press release, the new superintendent of our school district has more than 30 years of extensive experience in multiple leadership roles encompassing the school site, region, and district office levels at M-DCPS.
He began his educational career as a teacher and reading coach in 1988 at Frederick Douglass and South Pointe elementary schools to later spend five years as the assistant principal at one of the district’s first K-8 Centers, M.A. Milam K-8 Center.
In 2000, he became principal of Hialeah Gardens Elementary, where he was responsible for establishing a large and successful inclusion program for students with autism. For the next eight years, he served as administrator, region director, and region superintendent.
In addition, Dr. Jose L. Dotres worked during a year in Broward County Public Schools as chief academic officer where he was in charge of overseeing funding areas such as Title I and Head Start.
In 2014, he returned to M-DCPS as the Superintendent’s Chief of Staff. A year later, he transitioned to Chief Human Capital Officer where he provided oversight, guidance, and support for strategic initiatives in areas including professional development, performance management, recruitment and labor relations.
When he learned about the decision the school board took, he stated it was “an honor” to be nominated and selected as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools District. “I value tremendously the students and the employees that really compose this wonderful school district.”
Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman will now negotiate and execute a contract with Dr. Dotres.
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