Kathleen Boyer, Highlands Ranch
Published 1/6/2014, Highlands Ranch Herald
I just cut a Box Top for Education out of a cereal box to earn a few cents for my children’s school. It is mid-year, so I expect to get a second request for school supplies soon, too. Meanwhile, the district office continues to waste money on advancing their political agenda, while breaking the law in the process.
The Douglas County School District has just been found guilty of violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act by hiring a consultant to write a favorable report about the district, then disseminating it to 85,000 people as if it was an independently written report, thereby influencing voters.
Not only was that illegal, but it cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars that should be spent in our classrooms. The district paid for the writing of the report, then paid outside legal counsel to defend their illegal act. Now they are promising to appeal, which will cost thousands more in legal fees, in addition to the hours spent by district personnel obtaining the report and defending their actions.
I am disgusted that our school district would stoop to dishonest behavior to win an election and waste taxpayer dollars in the process, instead of concentrating on educating our children and providing them the tools they need to learn.
Responsibility, honesty, and respect are some of the character traits my children’s school strives to instill in its students. I would expect to see those traits in the people in charge of the schools. All district officials who were involved in this deceit should lose their jobs. As taxpayers, they work for us and need to be held accountable.