LETTER: Former Jeffco Supt. hired with less transparency than McMinimee - Colorado Politics

LETTER: Former Jeffco Supt. hired with less transparency than McMinimee

Author: - June 6, 2014 - Updated: June 6, 2014

Dear Editor,

It’s typical. Some groups seem so fixated on their political agenda for education that they have lost all perspective. People certainly are entitled to their own opinions of the new Jeffco superintendent hire, Mr. Dan McMinimee. But they’re not entitled to their own facts.

The opposition to McMinimee has grown focused more around the process than the man himself. A petition has circulated calling for changes to the process. At the May 27 school board meeting, director Lesley Dahlkemper complained that the board only named one finalist for the position and only allowed 45 minutes of public comment. Nothing was heard of the two public appearances McMinimee made to listen and answer questions from employees and from the community.

I don’t know if 45 minutes was enough. Often it seems like some people just show up there to berate the board for actions real and imagined.

But no one on May 27 mentioned that Dr. Cindy Stevenson, who led the district for nearly 12 years, was hired with less transparency than the current choice. Twelve years ago on a Monday the district sent out notice of a special executive session to discuss a personnel matter. Two days later, the board emerged from behind closed doors to offer Stevenson the superintendent job. No other finalists. No public comments.

Once again we see that if anything the new school board majority in Jeffco has increased transparency. For some, though, it hardly matters what they do. No good deed goes unpunished.

Maureen Sielaff

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