By Meg Masten, parent
Published in Highlands Ranch Herald
September 19, 2013
(In response to “Despite Candidate conflicts, DCSD forum is a go” article)
Despite his position as the Douglas County GOP District Captain, David DiCarlo could at least attempt to appear impartial in his role as Douglas County School District Accountability Committee chairman. In the video of the August 13 DAC meeting, Mr. DiCarlo said of his efforts to reach possible School Board candidates about a candidate forum, “I just started today, so I’ve reached out to six. As I hear back, I’ll email the rest of the DAC with potential dates, potential places.” Surely if Mr. DiCarlo was able to contact six potential candidates in one day, he could have found the time to contact the other six that were registered at that date, sometime in the next day or two. Instead, he waited three weeks, until September 2nd, to inform the other candidates of a set date, with no similar opportunity to weigh in on “potential dates, potential places”. I must question Mr. DiCarlo’s integrity when he then states, “all candidates were given the exact same notice.” Furthermore, his excuse of “availability of the venue” is simply ludicrous as there were only 8 days in Sept and Oct that the Douglas County High School auditorium was booked as of 9/9/13. Conveniently, the candidates he contacted on 9/2/13 just happen to be those he opposes, while the GOP-endorsed candidates remarkably could attend. This is a blatant attempt to provide a one-sided forum for the candidates supported by Mr. DiCarlo, and it is a flagrant misuse of his authority as DAC chair. I encourage all citizens of Douglas County to put an end to these forms of deliberate, calculated, and unethical behaviors within our school district by voting for Barbra Chase, Bill Hodges, Julie Keim, and Ronda Scholting in the upcoming Board of Education election.