By Wendy Vogel, Parent and District A Board of Education Director
Published online November 3, 2016 in Denver Post Your Hub
The process to fill the vacancy in Director District E is the most important decision currently facing our board because it will set the stage for our effective operation and governance over the next year. This process should have demonstrated to the public the board’s willingness to compromise and work together.
Instead, the board president’s unilateral appointment of the only controversial candidate shows that, for the reform board members, their priorities and points of view are more important than those of the people we were elected to represent. This directly contradicts our code of conduct (GP 1.8.1) which states: “Members must have loyalty to the entire ownership, unconflicted by loyalties to staff, other organizations, including interest or advocacy groups, citizens of a director district, membership on other boards or staffs, interest as a parent of a student in the district, and any personal interest as a consumer.” The board president has subsequently refused to hold a meeting to review the feedback from our community after our public discussion about the four candidates nominated to fill the vacancy. (You can find our discussion starting at 1:19:40 here: livestream.com/DCSDK12/events/5964879/videos/139242551). The voice of the community is being silenced yet again.
In last year’s election, the public chose a new direction for the school district — one that builds trust and transparency and one that listens to the community. All board members elected last year made these promises to the public during the campaign. As the most recently elected board members, we have indicated that we are willing to compromise on our top choice and have asked for an open discussion to review candidates and bring forward feedback received from the public. Instead, we have been repeatedly interrupted, maligned, threatened and cussed at by fellow board members (please see: facebook.com/MarkBoyle7NEWS/videos/1140867725934292/)
Our students deserve representation on this school board by someone who has more than four months within that district’s boundary. They shouldn’t have to settle for a director who is not the best qualified and has already been controversial even before swearing an oath of office. The public is tired of those in power manipulating the system to serve their own interests.
Director of District A
Board of Education
Douglas County School District