Opinion: Did new Jeffco school board violate Colorado’s Sunshine Law?

From The Denver Post:  Well, that didn’t take long.

Just a few weeks after being sworn in, the new conservative majority on the Jefferson County school board has already caused a stir, and not in a good way.

The board majority is suspected of running roughshod over Colorado’s open meetings laws when it hired a board attorney out of the blue at a meeting last week.

The bizarre part of the whole scenario is that Ken Witt, Julie Williams and John Newkirk have the votes, quite frankly, to do what they want.

Why would it even be necessary to thumb their noses at the public process, if indeed that is what took place?

Yet that is what some — including at least one fellow board member — think happened Thursday when the trio quickly voted to approve the hiring of Brad Miller, a charter school advocate, to represent the board.

“We haven’t even talked about the price,” protested Lesley Dahlkemper as the majority pushed ahead with the vote, leaving her and Jill Fellman to vote against the idea.

There is so much that is odd about how the events went down, it’s tough to know where to begin.

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