Browne pulls LeBlanc as Colorado Association of School Boards liaison

Chair berates board member for acting on his own

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Weld Re-8 Board of Education President Susan Browne took fellow board member Cody LeBlanc off his assignment as the board’s representative to the Colorado Association of School Boards.

She announced her decision during an Aug. 25 meeting.

The issue centered around LeBlanc’s town hall meeting that he called shortly after the seven board members discussed holding their own town hall later this school year. Browne called that action “inappropriate.” She also mentioned LeBlanc’s discussions with the press about the Fort Lupton High School football program earlier in the spring “before (Superintendent) Alan Kaylor could meet with the press.”

“Once again, you have gone out as a one-man person,” she addressed LeBlanc. “We’re supposed to appear as a team. We’re supposed to work as a team. An individual has no right to speak for the board unless he’s authorized.”

LeBlanc has been critical of CASB and its practices before.

“I know it’s not your favorite, that it’s not your favorite organization, that you don’t always believe what they say,” Browne said. “You continue to do things as an individual. I can’t trust that you’re going to go on our behalf. You don’t believe CASB, and I don’t think you’re going to speak for the seven of us.”

LeBlanc said his re-election committee paid for his town hall meeting.

“So technically, I wasn’t in an official capacity as a school board member,” he said. “I wanted to host a town hall to talk with constituents. It’s no different from a city council. It’s less than a year before my re-election. The only way the community hears from us is in these meetings. I thought it was the best opportunity. The campaign thought it was best. That’s why we did it.”

Browne said the board needs to act with one voice.

“We need to do things together as a board,” she said.

“The county commissioners do this,” LeBlanc said.

“They do not seat seven people on a board,” Browne said. “They don’t do individual things.”

“Yes, they do,” LeBlanc said.

Board member Michelle Bettger understood LeBlanc’s desire to meet with his constituents.

“Maybe the thing to have done is not put it out there as ‘Director Cody LeBlanc,’” she suggested. “We just had a workshop where we talked about hosting a community event, and then you host your own.”

LeBlanc said he wasn’t trying to be a rogue member on the board.

“It’s to gauge people’s feelings,” he said. “At this point, I don’t have time to meet with 17 other people. We haven’t scheduled a date for our town hall.”

Board member Jaime Sierra wasn’t aware of LeBlanc’s meeting.

“He held a town hall meeting with the other six of us after we had a meeting to talk about having a workshop with all seven of us,” Browne responded. “It feels like he’s secretly doing things behind our backs.”

Weld Re-8 School District, Weld Re-8 board of education, Susan Browne, Cody LeBlanc

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