Trial for Douglas County school board members delayed

Judge postpones dates

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The trial to determine whether Douglas County school board members violated Colorado Open Meetings Law has been postponed. 

Originally scheduled for a three-day trial starting Jan. 30, Douglas County District Court Judge Jeffrey Holmes postponed the trial on Dec. 20. Holmes’ motion did not set a new trial date.

In a lawsuit brought by Representative-Elect Bob Marshall, Douglas County school board members Mike Peterson, Christy Williams, Becky Myers and Kaylee Winegar are accused of breaking open meeting requirements by discussing the firing of former superintendent Corey Wise in one-on-one conversations

In a preliminary order issued in March, Holmes found the board members’ serial meetings had violated the law and ordered the members to conduct all public business in public meetings and follow open meetings law.

Marshall and his attorney, Steve Zansberg, have asked Holmes to make his preliminary order permanent and formally find the board members broke the law, as well as declare the decision to fire Wise void.

Peterson, Williams, Myers and Winegar maintain they did not break the open meetings law, arguing a formal decision wasn’t made outside public meetings.

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