BOE Meeting 5/5 Agenda – Superintendent Finalist List

School_BussesOn Monday night the list of Superintendent candidates is to be narrowed down to a small group of ‘finalists’.  These people will then be directly interviewed by the Board.

BOE Meeting 2014-05-05
Date and Time:  Monday, May 5, 2014, at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Education Center Seminar Room,1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg. 27, Golden, CO

Key Agenda Items

2. Executive Session (5:30 p.m.)
2.01 Legal Advice and Consideration of Confidential Documents Submitted by Superintendent Applicants
Type:
Action, Discussion
Recommended Action: to move into executive session to confer with legal counsel for the purpose of receiving legal advice regarding compliance with the Colorado Open Meetings Law and the Colorado Open Records Act during the superintendent selection process.

The Board of Education will meet in executive session to confer with legal counsel for the purpose of receiving legal advice regarding compliance with the Colorado Open Meetings Law and the Colorado Open Records Act during the superintendent selection process, pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(b); and, C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(g), for consideration of documents submitted by applicants for the position of superintendent which are protected by the mandatory nondisclosure provisions of the Colorado Open Records Act, C.R.S. § 24-72-204(3)(a)(XI)(A).

After the vote to move into executive session, this portion of the meeting is closed to the public.  The Board will reconvene in open session at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room.

(Currently no downloadable material been provided.)

PRESENTING STAFF:

Dr. Bill Newman, Ray & Associates
Dr. Gary Ray, Ray & Associates
Ryan Ray, Ray & Associates
Amy Weber, executive director, Human Resources
Jim Branum, district legal counsel
Brad Miller, Board attorney

PURPOSE:  Review the Jeffco Superintendent candidate list and documents submitted by or on behalf of candidates; determine candidates to bring in for interviews with the Board of Education; receive legal advice about compliance with the Colorado Open Meetings Act and the Colorado Open Records Act during the superintendent selection process.

BACKGROUND:  Ray & Associates was hired by the Board of Education to provide professional Superintendent Search services to Jeffco Schools. Ray & Associates representatives will review the candidate list and documents submitted by or on behalf of candidates with the Board of Education.  The Board of Education will determine candidates to bring in for interviews with the Board.

Our comments:  This is a key point in the process of selecting the new Superintendent.  Up until Friday no one, other than Ray & Associates, even knew who had applied.  Then on Friday, the Denver Post broke the story that GOP State House Rep. Mark Waller, had applied.  See our post just a little bit ago to learn more about him.

Our concerns go to how the list of finalists will be put together.  Here is where WNW can really ‘stack the deck’.  If each candidate requires a majority vote before they can be place on the list, then WNW will be able to make sure that only their candidates are genuinely considered.

The problem for us is that this is a decision that would normally be made in Executive Session, and Board members are not supposed to reveal what happens in such sessions.  So it will come down to face-reading Dahlkemper and Fellman as they come out of the meeting.

Another concern is that WNW+Miller might try to use this Executive Session to get done the dirty work that they were unable to do at the April 24th meeting when Dahlkemper and Fellman refused to vote for Executive Session.

Normally, meetings that are nothing but Executive Sessions are pretty boring.  The Board votes to go into Executive Session, then they go off to a private room to have their meeting.  At the end of it, they come back just long enough to adjourn.

But WNW+Miller you never know!  So, we hope some of you will be there just to make sure!  Doing so is one of the ways you can…

Keep Fighting, Jeffco!

6 thoughts on “BOE Meeting 5/5 Agenda – Superintendent Finalist List

  1. Does anyone else think it’s a bit fishy to have legal advice while the Board is considering candidates for superintendent? On what legal issues would they need counsel in reviewing resumes? From my perspective, that seems highly suspect.

    And if the Board tries to discuss things other than the stated purpose of the session, then a court could open the records of the executive session up to the public. The Board is only allowed to discuss their stated purpose for going into executive session.

  2. Yes my thoughts exactly.

    • Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We posted our response this morning.

      If anyone else finds WNW propaganda like this out there, please let us know. If you want to respond to it, we can help!

      Keep Fighting, JeffCo!

  3. Fingers firmly crossed that they do talk about the contracts then. We need a nice clear violation and the sooner the better.

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