Boulder Valley teachers question closed-door process to place superintendent on leave

Daily Camera (Boulder): Boulder Valley’s teachers union leadership is asking members concerned about a lack of transparency in placing Superintendent Bruce Messinger on paid leave to pack Tuesday’s school board meeting.

“We’re certainly not used to our school board making decisions behind closed doors and so much secrecy,” said Tina Mueh, president of the Boulder Valley Education Association. “The way our board is acting really limits public accountability.”

The school board last month placed Messinger on paid leave and started an investigation of an unspecified personnel matter that’s still ongoing.

School board President Sam Fuqua said the investigation is expected to take about 30 business days to complete, with a target date of early May. The investigator would then have up to 10 days to write a report, and the board would have up to 10 days to take action.

He said the timeline is based on the regulation attached to the district’s “nondiscrimination/equal opportunity” policy. That regulation, AC-R, outlines how the district will respond to “concerns and complaints of unlawful discrimination and/or harassment.”

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