0042_November 25, 2015 letter to new Jeffco 5-Democrat BOE: Are transparency and accountability beginning to vanish?

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This letter online through school district website:



TO Jeffco BOE Members:

Ron Mitchell, romitche@jeffco.k12.co.us
Ali Lassel, alasell@jeffco.k12.co.us
Susan Harmon, suharmon@jeffco.k12.co.us
Amanda Stevens, ajsteven@jeffco.k12.co.us
Brad Rupert, crupert@jeffco.k12.co.us

Copies: The Jeffco BOE as a whole: board@jeffco.k12.co.us;Superintendent, Dan McMinimee, dmcminim@jeffco.k12.co.us; the public.

Dear Jefferson County Board of Education members Ron, Ali, Susan, Amanda and Brad,

Please continue the accountability and transparency demonstrated by the previous Jeffco BOE majority.

Some people that witnessed the great accountability, transparency, and respect demonstrated by the previous Jeffco BOE republican majority, now have some legitimate concerns.

You were elected for several reasons, and two of the reasons you were elected were: 1) the blatant lies printed on the petitions, and 2) the identical dishonest wording on the ballots for the recall.

You can compare and see the exact same false claims on both the recall petition and the ballot for recall.

See a video about The Denver Post recommendation to vote no on the recall.

And read The Denver Post Editorial Board, recommendation for a no-vote on the recall, dated October 13, 2015.  They said their recommendation not to recall, was based on the false statements on the ballot.

Then on November 19, 2015, even before you were sworn in, you had  eliminated all (1 hour) of the public testimony to speak about the agenda for the meeting, which under the previous board majority, had been given before the agenda was talked about. 

Then you allowed the public to give 90 minutes of testimony after discussions and meeting business were all over.

Public testimony to agenda items should be held before your discussions, so you can have more information before discussing school district issues. If you had permitted public testimony to the agenda on November 19th, you would not have felt you needed to schedule this sudden board meeting on Monday November 30th, (at the inconvenient time of 1:30 in the afternoon, without any public testimony scheduled). This November 30th meeting was announced by email November 24th. It appears ironic that a discussion on public testimony is planned at an inconvenient time, and it is to take place without any input from the public.

I hope you will cancel that November 30th meeting, and discuss public testimony at the already-scheduled December 10th Regular Board meeting, after you hear public testimony.

Please have all meetings on Thursday evenings at the Ed Center like already scheduled; keep the already-set, reliable, transparent current 2015-2016 meeting schedule for this school year; and keep it as easy as possible for people to listen to or attend your meetings.

Thank you.

Donna Jack; Evergreen, Colorado


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