Board Actions Timeline – updated 1/24/2014

The latest information will always be at the top of the page, with the remaining entries in reverse chronological order.

Note:  The three new board members, Witt, Newkirk, and Williams tend to vote as a group.  To save space, their names are abbreviated to “WNW”.

Jan 24, 2014 – The Board will “revisit” the Cornerstone charter school application.  This application was turned down for 29 specific and serious problems, not the least of which they propose to serve South Lakewood from a school location that will be either in Central Lakewood, north Westminster, or Evergreen!?  See the Jan 24th post for more information.

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Jan 16, 2014 – More surprises.  Williams sides with Dahlkemper and Fellman and approves the Deer Creek STEM expansion.  Williams sides with them again to stop the re-allocation of $7 million from the Reserve Fund.  Witt, Newkirk, and Williams (“WNW”) force through the board motions not filling the position of Attorney for the District and Director of Employee Relations,  approving a $400K loan to struggling charter school, and defeated motions from Dahlkemper and Fellman to place a look at Miller’s contract on the agenda for the next meeting.  For a full summary, see the post here.  The meeting minutes have not been published as of yet (1-24-14).

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Jan 9, 2014 – In another surprise move, Witt moves to kill the Deer Creek STEM expansion (edited video of two the meetings).  (Minutes of the Jan 9 meeting here.)

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Dec 14, 2013 – Board formally hires Brad Miller.  (Full minutes of the Dec 14 meeting here.)

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Dec 12, 2013: Board Actions taken (full minutes of Dec 12 meeting here.):

  1. 10.01 – Charter School Loan – Collegiate Academy of Colorado, approved loan increased from $150-$200k contingent on plan presented at Jan. 16th Board Meeting.
  2. 10.03 – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for Innovative Professional Development ($5.2mil) approved 5-0.
  3. 10.04 – TS Gold (School Readiness) grant from the Colorado Department of Education for ~$50k is turned down 3-2 (WNW).
  4. 10.05 – In a surprise move Witt, Newkirk, and Williams hire an attorney, Brad Miller, to represent the Board (not the District) at $90k/yr.  In the process, they may have skirted Colorado’s Sunshine Laws (Denver Post, 12/17/13), (Lakewood Sentinel, 12/20/13), (ColoradoPols 12/18/13), (edited video of 12/12 meeting).  Approved 3-2 (WNW).

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Nov 21, 2013 – Ken Witt, the new BoE President says “no intention of becoming Douglas County” (Lakewood Sentinel, 12/4/13).

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Nov 6, 2013 – Cindy Stevenson announces she will retire at the end of the school year (Lakewood Sentinel, 11/12/13).

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Nov 5, 2013 – In an election surprise, Ken Witt, Julie Williams, and John Newkirk, sweep into office with a large majority of the lower voter turn out election (Lakewood Sentinel, 11/6/13).

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3 thoughts on “Board Actions Timeline – updated 1/24/2014

  1. Would like to receive notifications

  2. I’m new to the district, recently returning to the state. I heard about the Jeffco school board issues on national news while living in New Hampshire. I have lots of questions.

    First, by what authority do 3 board members decide, without public discussion, to hire an attorney for the board, to commit school district money to pay the position-holder, to prevent the full board from participating in these decisions?

    Second, why have those three board members not been held accountable?

    What methods are available to hold them accountable besides a recall election?

    • The short answer is that the three board members didn’t have the authority. The thing they do have is a majority vote. That also complicates the accountability question, which then largely is decided at the polls (regular election or recall election). This post explains the issues in more detail, including why there are very few options for holding board members accountable besides a recall election: http://jeffcoschoolboardwatch.org/?page_id=2946.

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