Carson says incident was result of misunderstanding
Douglas County School Board President John Carson
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Just to clarify, our group is aiming to elect 4 new board members who are pro-public education. Not people who have political agendas and mean to turn the education system in Douglas County into a for profit industry.
We see these as the main issues plaguing Douglas County Public Schools today:
Outside Influences and Lack of TransparencyWe lost local control in 2009 when a group of candidates ran as a slate for the Douglas County Board of Education. The bulk of the campaign funding for these individuals came from wealthy donors outside of Douglas County, and politics became more important than education. A second slate ran in 2011, further ceding control of our district to outside interests with a majority of campaign financing again coming from individuals who do not live in Douglas County. This adult political agenda is not meeting the needs of our kids or our community.
According to the Colorado Sunshine Law, Board of Education meetings are supposed to be open to the public, yet the current Board conducts nearly 50% of its meetings behind closed doors in Executive Session. By contrast, in 2009 the Douglas County Board of Education spent only 8% of its meeting time in Executive Session. This has created mistrust from the community and a concern over the lack of transparency from our elected officials.
Mismanagement of Tax DollarsThe Board of Education and district administration have mismanaged YOUR tax dollars through improper budgeting. The district budget was millions of dollars off last year, which caused unnecessary cuts to the high school budgets. Because of these cuts, half of our high school aged children are now part time students. Meanwhile, millions of dollars sit in a bank, not being used for our kids. The Douglas County School District used to be rated “Accredited with Distinction” by the Colorado Department of Educa- tion, but this rating was lost in 2010 and has not been recovered. Surround- ing districts have maintained their distinction ratings.
Teacher’s Work Environment = Student’s Learning EnvironmentDouglas County School District used to be the destination district for teachers. The creative work environment and collaborative atmosphere made ours the top school district in the State. Sadly, things have changed. The current BOE and district administra- tion encourage competition over collaboration, force incomplete and ill-defined programs, and punish employees for simply asking questions. They have turned DCSD into the district to leave, and many have. We can do better.
Wow, just unbelievable. If the School Board wants to attend parent meetings, then all School Board meetings should be open to the public as tax paying constituents. Until this happens, these closed door meetings will continue on both sides.
Somebody or something needs to bridge the gap between the parents, teachers and School Board. I think only November will tell us how that will play out.
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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