Letter to the editor: Recall harms students

Posted 2/24/21

Recall harms students Before you sign a petition to recall members of the Douglas County School Board, ask yourself, “How will a potential recall affect the superintendent search?” Based upon the …

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Letter to the editor: Recall harms students

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Recall harms students

Before you sign a petition to recall members of the Douglas County School Board, ask yourself, “How will a potential recall affect the superintendent search?” Based upon the board’s timeline, the candidate application process closes on 3/12 and finalist candidate public forums will be held in early April, well before any recall can feasibly occur.

I am very concerned that attempting to recall school board members in the middle of a superintendent search will jeopardize the ability to hire a well-qualified candidate. How many superintendent candidates will want to apply if they know there is a potential recall? As it is, we are just one of four local districts looking for a new superintendent right now (Jefferson County, Cherry Creek, Denver Public Schools and DCSD).

As an informed parent, I have seen nothing to warrant a recall. I have a high school student as well as one child in elementary school. I understand the frustration of secondary students not being in school full time, but no large metro district has been able to open high schools full time due to the risk factors. Not only will this recall cost the district over $200,000 if a special election is held, but it jeopardizes the superintendent search. In other words, it ultimately harms, not helps our students.

Amy McDowell

Highlands Ranch

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