CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (KDVR) – Three Douglas County school board members say their newly minted board president wants to remove the superintendent. It was a move they said covered their eyes.
Three school board members on the Douglas County Board of Education before the 2020 election cycle held a meeting Monday night, saying that four new, conservative members of the board violated the law. state in an effort to remove the superintendent, Corey Wise.
“They jointly decided that they needed to take the district in a new direction with regards to leadership,” said District C’s Elizabeth Hanson.
“(Chairman of the Board) Mike (Peterson) and (Vice Chairman) Christy (Williams) met with Corey on Friday morning, the same morning we spoke and asked him about his retirement plans. him and whether he would consider moving it up as four directors have made the decision to go in a different direction,” said Susan Meek of District A.
Three members said these conversations about the superintendent’s position were a violation of the state’s open assembly law, which states that any public business discussed or any official action implementation needs to take place in public meetings. It is left relevant to local teachers.
“What are they standing here for? Obviously, that’s not transparency,” said Douglas County 2265 Local League President Kevin DiPasquale. “They’re making decisions behind closed doors. closed with their own attorney, excluding in-house and minority legal board members, so we as an organization are trying to figure out what’s going on and what we need how much to worry about our students and staff.”
In a statement, Peterson responded.
“I am committed and will continue to be committed to respecting employee privacy when dealing with sensitive employment situations,” Peterson said. “This is true of any employee in the Douglas School District – and especially true of our superintendent. Any formal decisions regarding the employment status of our general manager will take place in a public meeting, as required by law.
“There has not been any action on the contract or working status of the general manager. Last week’s conversation was intended to provide our general manager with the information needed to participate in an ongoing discussion. I will continue to engage with all board directors on this matter.
“I am committed to honoring the superintendent’s legacy and service to our school district.
“My hope is that our focus remains on the students and keeps them in the classroom, even during this staffing issue.
“It is time to return to academic excellence for each of our 64,000 students, continue with the proposed compensation system, and identify common ground in partnership with students, staff , our families and our communities.”
Mike Peterson, DCSD Board of Education President
The Douglas Teachers Union plans to protest Thursday afternoon in support of the open meeting law and demand more transparency from school boards. They say more than 800 requests for substitute teachers have been submitted for that day.
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