Move to hire Front Range law firm prompts school board rift, legal questions

The Daily Sentinel: A surprise — and possibly illegal — move to hire an outside law firm for District 51 resulted in a conversation at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night about trust and transparency before the effort was ultimately tabled.

As the meeting at the CMU University Center ballroom stretched into its fifth hour, board members debated the merits of approving a contract for Colorado Springs-based Miller Farmer Law Firm for the district’s legal services. The board members unanimously committed to a retreat, to establish a coherent plan moving forward after voting 5-0 to table the vote.

District A representative Doug Levinson said he found out about the potential change from a local attorney who called him Friday night. District B representative Kari Sholtes was equally surprised when she learned of the business item.

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