School board controversy isn’t new for law firm that D51 board is targeting

The Daily Sentinel: When the Mesa County Valley School District 51 Board of Education added to its agenda an action item on its first business meeting for approving a contract for Colorado Springs-based legal counsel, it caught two of five board members — and much of the community that’s invested in the School District — off guard.

No public discussion was ever held by the board prior to Tuesday night’s meeting regarding the potential hiring of Miller Farmer Law Firm.

This, according to Denver lawyer and Colorado Freedom of Information Act Coalition President Steve Zansberg, constituted a violation of the state’s Open Meetings Law, given the likelihood that at least one of the three new board members acted unilaterally in arranging the contract.

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