3 Elizabeth School Board members threaten resignation

Issues called ‘unprecedented’

The Elizabeth School District may be short a full board soon as several members threatened to quit this week.
School board members threatening to quit are planning to submit official letters of resignation during the March 13 regular board meeting.
The district’s communications director, Jason Hackett, was able to provide some insight March 10 via email.
Hackett confirmed that at least three board members had said they would be submitting letters of resignation. Hacket said the board expected to conduct regular business at its March 13 meeting, including approval of the new superintendent contract, and then submit the official resignations with an effective date of March 14.
While the letters had not been officially submitted, copies of the resignations were made available to the public on March 10. The letters were sent from board members Craig Blackham, Kim Frumveller and Cary Karcher.
In the letters, the conservative board members said the public is continuously bringing up the issues of critical race theory (CRT), social emotional learning (SEL) and restorative justice in the school district.
However, the board members said, the emails and public comments at meetings are unnecessary, because members agree that the programs should not be taught in the school district.
In the letter that is expected to be submitted during the March 13 board meeting, Karcher said, “Board meetings have become chaotic and have brought behavior unbecoming of the community. Public comment has become the priority for board meetings, which I believe is important, if constructive. But that cannot consume most of our meetings.”
Besides continuous public comments, resigning board members said they get up at 6 a.m. to an influx of emails complaining about the programs that are not taught or utilized in the district.
Hackett said the letters of resignation can be submitted, but to become official, a vote of the board to accept them is customary.
In this case, if all goes as planned on March 13, three members would be leaving the board, leaving only two to vote to accept the resignation, which does not constitute a quorum.
The two board members that had not submitted letters of resignation by March 10 were Treasurer Rhonda Olsen and Assistant Secretary Heather Booth.
On March 10, Hackett said the district was consulting with legal counsel, Caplan & Earnest, to determine what those next steps might be in what he referred to as an “unprecedented situation.”
Elizabeth School District, school board, resign, Karcher, Blackham, Frumveller, Olsen, Booth, Elbert County, Colorado


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