Pagosa Springs lawyer files suit against Montezuma-Cortez school board

The Cortez Journal: A Pagosa Springs lawyer has filed a lawsuit against the Montezuma-Cortez School District, seeking to invalidate the board’s separation agreement with ousted Superintendent Risha VanderWey and to bar the board from taking formal action without legal public notice.

The legal complaint was filed about a month after the RE-1 Board of Education placed VanderWey on administrative leave. VanderWey was given the choice to resign or be fired, a decision made without a public discussion and likely in violation of Colorado’s Sunshine Law.

“My jaw sort of dropped, like, ‘Wait a minute, what’s going on here? This whole process is so shrouded in secrecy, there’s got to be more to it,’” lawyer Matthew Roane told The Journal.

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