Douglas County School Board Calls Special Meeting

Jessica Gibbs [email protected]

The Douglas County School Board called a special meeting to discuss whether the board chairman should alone oversee the district’s future response to a lawsuit alleging board members violated open meeting laws.

The March 11 meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Trustees will consider a resolution that gives board chairman Mike Peterson the power to direct DCSD’s strategy and response to the lawsuit, including a potential appeals process.

Douglas County resident Robert Marshall sued the district on Feb. 4, alleging majority board members Peterson, Becky Myers, Christy Williams and Kaylee Winegar held sly “serial meetings” to planning for the removal of former superintendent Corey Wise. Wise was fired Feb. 4 without cause in a 4-3 decision.

On March 9, District Court Judge Jeffrey Holmes granted Marshall a preliminary injunction restraining council members from conducting business outside of public meetings. Holmes wrote in his order that the majority administrators’ actions violated both the spirit and purpose of the state’s Sunshine laws.

The resolution slated for consideration on March 11 would appoint Peterson “as sole board delegate, to whom the board delegates responsibility, for the board as a whole, for approving strategic recommendations in the litigation and for all its duration, including resolution of appeal proceedings, if any.”

Journalist Elliott Wenzler contributed to this report.

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