During trial, Douglas County school board members maintain no open meeting laws were broken

Colorado Community Media: Following a four-hour trial on Monday, a judge will decide if four Douglas County school board members broke Colorado Open Meetings Law when they fired former Superintendent Corey Wise last year.

Douglas County District Court Judge Jeffrey Holmes listened to arguments over whether board President Mike Peterson and board members Becky Myers, Kaylee Winegar, and Christy Williams violated the law when they participated in a series of one-on-one conversations to discuss a plan to terminate Wise.

In March last year, Holmes already ruled against the majority members of the school board, saying the  conversations held outside public view do violate open meeting laws.

The majority school board members did not want to admit fault, choosing to appeal the initial ruling and rejecting a settlement. After school district attorneys missed the filing deadline for a jury trial, Holmes will again rule on the case brought to the courts through a lawsuit filed by State Rep. Robert Marshall, D-Highlands Ranch.

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