Recall effort against Cripple Creek-Victor school board members alleges sunshine law violations

The Gazette (Colorado Springs): A petition drive to recall three of the five Cripple Creek-Victor School District RE-1 board members has amassed about half of the needed signatures to trigger a special election, according to organizers.

Board President Timothy Braun, Treasurer Dennis Jones and Secretary Tonya Martin are being targeted for what petitioners claim are “multiple violations of Colorado state statutes, school board policies and resolutions, Sunshine laws and the Colorado Open Records Act,” said Patty Waddle, a former district employee who’s leading the effort.

The Teller County Clerk and Recorder’s Office approved the petition language last month.

About 50 volunteers have organized as the Coalition for Better Schools and are involved in the Erase the Board effort.

To force a recall vote, petitioners need 400 signatures by March 11 for each candidate of active, registered voters who live in the school district, which covers the towns of Cripple Creek and Victor and outlying areas.

“We have people who are absolutely for this,” Waddle said. “We’re also running into a lot of resistance due to fear of retaliation.”

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