During the last Board meeting we expressed two major concerns. Our concerns were not addressed during the public comment session or via email after a follow up letter was sent.
First, we requested the vacated board seat be filled with a member of the community that represents the 48% of voters that do not support the current direction of DCSD.
Second, we requested the immediate termination of Elizabeth Fagen, Cinamon Watson and Rob Ross for their roles in the violation of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. Since no action has been taken in this matter we request again that justice be served regarding the illegal use of public tax dollars and district resources.
There should be no further appeal of this matter, rather public acknowledgement, transparency and accountability to the stakeholders by the Board of Education, including the four who directly benefited from the violation.
With the recent news articles regarding missing transportation funds and district spending, the Douglas County Parents list of concerns continues to grow.
Since the 2009-10 school year, through the first half of this school year, the Communications Department expenditures have grown by 1,435%, from $21,080 to $323,625. During that same time budget cuts have directly affected our students including a 13% drop in funding for High Schools.
The district spent $225,000 on another website redesign. This is the third website expenditure since 2010.The website has many deficiencies that is unacceptable considering the excessive cost.
$11,000 in cash is missing from the transportation department – which has led to a criminal investigation.
$12,000 was spent on speaking fees, plus expenses, busing for teachers, lunch and rental space for a Professional Development Day that was seriously questioned by our professional educators. The district then used district resources including the website to mislead the community with a heavily edited video and the Castle Rock Radio show to continue to promote the highly controversial inservice.
And while the Board passed a resolution against standardized testing, you also approved untold spending for the district to create and implement their own “more rigorous” testing in a bait and switch move.
Our confidence in district leadership, as well as budget priorities and management continues to diminish. It is time for this Board to reconsider its push for experimental reform at the expense of authentic and proven educational practices for our students. It is time to recognize the serious budget issues created by CFO Bonnie Betz and furthered by pushing expensive and unproven reform.
Douglas County Parents expects our concerns to be taken seriously as parents, teachers, students and taxpayers. We are not going away.