Douglas County School Board calls special meeting

Resolution up for consideration gives board president control over lawsuit handling

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The Douglas County School Board has called a special meeting to discuss whether the board president alone should oversee the district's future response to a lawsuit alleging board members broken open meeting laws. 

The March 11 meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.  Directors will consider a resolution that gives board President Mike Peterson  the power to direct DCSD's strategy and response to the lawsuit, including a potential appeals process. 

Douglas County resident Robert Marshall sued the district on Feb. 4 alleging board majority members Peterson, Becky Myers, Christy Williams and Kaylee Winegar held backdoor "serial meetings" to plan the removal of former Superintendent Corey Wise. Wise was fired Feb. 4 without cause in a 4-3 decision.  

On March 9, district court Judge Jeffrey Holmes granted Marshall a preliminary injunction prohibiting board members from conducting business outside public meetings. Holmes wrote in his order that the majority directors' actions violated both the spirit and purpose of the state's Sunshine Laws. 

The resolution set for consideration on March 11 would appoint Peterson "as sole delegatee from the board, to whom the board delegates the responsibility, for the board as a whole, to approve strategic recommendations in the context of the litigaton and for its complete duration, including resolution of appellate proceedings, if any." 

Reporter Elliott Wenzler contributed to this report. 

Douglas County, Douglas County School Board, Douglas County School District, Jessica Gibbs

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