School Board action
- Named Steamboat Springs Middle School math and science teacher Ben Barbier the Steamboat Springs School District's Teacher of the Year
- Rescheduled June 18 board meeting to June 20
- Continued discussion of the 21st-century skills it wants graduates to know and be able to do
- Provided an update on polices that were revised at its workshop May 8 and 9
- Executed employment agreements with Bob Hiester, Michael Lewis and Georgia Reust enabling them to continue participating in post-retirement employment plan for the 2007-08 school year.
- Accepted Education Fund Board gifts of $2.84 million for educational excellence, capital and technology items
Steamboat Springs A group seeking to recall Steamboat Springs School Board member John DeVincentis has gathered about one-quarter of the 2,300 petition signatures it aims to collect.
The group, called Save Our Schools RE-2, is circulating more than 40 petitions within the community. The group needs about 1,950 valid voter signatures by July 2, but its leaders say they want to collect 2,300 to account for some signatures that inevitably will be discounted.
"Each petition holds about 40 signatures," said Jim Swiggart, a member of the group. "We probably have more than 600 signatures."
Only registered voters within Steamboat Springs School District boundaries can sign the petition.
The group is holding its second community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill.
SOS RE-2 wants to recall DeVincentis because it believes his actions as a School Board member are dysfunctional to the district and the board, Swiggart has said.
The recall effort was prompted when DeVincentis said he would not resign from the board after copies of e-mails he wrote criticizing former Steamboat Springs Superintendent Cyndy Simms were printed in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.
Former School Board member Pat Gleason said he obtained the e-mails and gave them to the Pilot & Today.
DeVincentis was principal at Strawberry Park Elementary School during the e-mail exchange. He has apologized for the content of the e-mails.
The current School Board has ordered an internal investigation to determine whether its polices were violated when Gleason obtained and distributed those e-mails, and whether the School Board needs to create policies to protect district employees and students in the future.
The current School Board has asked Gleason and other former School Board members to voluntarily cooperate with the internal investigation and provide any information they may have.
Several of the group members of the recall committee are former School Board members. None have expressed an interest in speaking with a lawyer because they would have to pay to have their lawyer present, some of them have said.
On Monday, School Board President Denise Connelly said the investigation is "ongoing."
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