Community coalition demands transparency from Pueblo school district

From (Colorado Springs):  Demands for answers into the resignation of D60’s former superintendent are only growing louder.

Dr. Constance Jones resigned suddenly last week and the district hasn’t said much about the issue, only that a search is ongoing for her replacement.

Tuesday morning, a group of community members formed outside of the administration in building in Pueblo, saying it’s not enough.

“When is the school board going to accept responsibility for it’s involvement in a flawed process?” asked Dennis Maes of Pueblo. “And we will not accept the traditional ‘it’s a personnel issue.’ The community has a right to know what is happening within its schools.”

No administrators or board members were present at this morning’s gathering which was announced Monday afternoon.

Charlotte Macaluso will serve as acting superintendent for up to a month until an interim is hired. She is the district’s executive director of improvement and innovation.

Last week, Walter Calinger was appointed as assistant superintendent. Kevin Smelker was also appointed as interim chief financial officer.

The Chieftain cited reports that Calinger had a controversial past, including a vote of no confidence when he was the head of an Ohio school district in 2005.

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