Complaint says school district resources are supporting preferred slate
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For clarity, readers should revisit the statement made above by Mr. Ross, DCSD Legal Counsel. The email request for communications was for any of the parameters to match. An "either or" request, not an "and" request. That is what yielded 13,000 emails. The difference between a disjunctive and a conjunctive search is enormous, and it was the former that generated such numbers. But it was what she requested. In Venn diagram context, she asked for the union rather than the intersection of the parameters. So there was nowhere near 13,000, if any, such communications. But it sure makes for a great sound bite doesn't it?
But thank you, Jane, for incorporating some of my response into the story. My full remarks are shown below.
"Julie Keim has filed a campaign complaint with the Colorado Secretary of State accusing district staff of violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act. This is a patently frivolous political stunt masquerading as a complaint. She has overstepped every realistic boundary of common sense. What is even more abysmal is that this is an absolutely unnecessary waste of resources meant for our students.
"Ms. Keim expects district staff to spend their days as her personal research team rather than having them focus on the business of educating our more than 65,000 students. Over the last 14 days, Ms. Keim has submitted 39 separate questions and open records requests. These requests have amounted to thousands of pages of information and hundreds of hours of staff time, and district staff has answered all of these requests in a timely manner. Had she truly been as interested in the workings of the district as her opponent has been, she might have invested some time in attending board meetings, district committee meetings, and other community engagements BEFORE becoming a candidate for the school board. This is someone cramming for the final exam, demanding the whole syllabus be explained after not attending class all semester.
"Ms. Keim has also requested emails from staff, DAC (District Accountability Committee) members, and community members. This is inexcusably aggressive behavior by a candidate attacking the personnel of the district, and parent and community volunteers. Our leaders and other employees are hired to do their jobs. Personally attacking them is beyond any reasonable standard of decorum, certainly inappropriate for someone who wants to be elected to public office. If this candidate has an issue with the great direction Douglas County School District is headed, she can attack me and the rest of the board. But I will defend our leadership and shine the mirror on one who would demean the employees of this district to achieve some personal goal."
Kevin Larsen, Vice PresidentDouglas County School DistrictBoard of Education
This current Board does not play by the rules of decency in elections or in any other activity. The leadership by Fagan also reflects this attitude.
Corey McNellis was a two-time Colorado wrestling champion at Ponderosa. His older brother Chris was the Mustangs' first-ever state champ.
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