Editorial: Board bungling transparency

The Daily Sentinel: The new District 51 Board of Education is off to a rocky start with a harebrained scheme to retain a new law firm located on the Front Range to represent the district in a move that, if not a technical violation of Colorado open meetings laws, is certainly a violation of the spirit of the law.

Since 2020, District 51 has employed John Williams, a former board member, as in-house legal counsel. The move in-house saved around $300,000 in the first year and is a common practice by districts as large as ours, according to reporting by The Daily Sentinel’s Nathan Deal.

During his time as in-house counsel, we have not heard any criticisms of Williams’ job performance, but the newly elected board members were pushing for a change. Why?

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