Thompson board member’s event may have violated Sunshine Law

From The Complete Colorado:  Thompson School District Board of Education member and anti-reformer Denise Montagu announced her intentions to run for re-election this fall at a “kick off” event on Thursday in empty office space off Cleveland Avenue in Loveland.

Montagu, who was elected to the TSD board in 2011, is quick to remind everyone multiple times at board meetings the purpose behind Proposition 104 but seemed to have missed other key parts of Colorado’s open meetings law.  It’s possible her announcement violated the basic premise of it..

Montagu was joined there by two of her fellow board members, but she didn’t announce the meeting 24 hours in advance through the district’s legal channels, and the meeting was not open to the public.

“The open meetings law requires that when three or more members meet and public business is discussed, the meeting must be open to the public at all times,” said Brad Miller, the attorney for the Thompson school board.

Montagu did not return requests for interview from Complete Colorado.

The invitation to “Thompson Values Education,” posted to Thompson Parents and Community’s Facebook page on Wednesday, was explicit that the event concerned the Thompson school district: “Please join me for an important community conversation about Thompson and education in Loveland, Berthoud and Fort Collins,” the post read.

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