A move by recently-elected school board member Ron Mitchell, who replaced one of the recalled Jeffco Public Schools board members, has tongues in Jeffco wagging. According to a blog called Eye on Jeffco School Board, Mitchell, who once worked for former Jeffco Public Schools superintendent Cindy Stevenson is planning to renegotiate the separation agreement at the next board meeting.
From the blog post:
“Mr. Mitchell did not mention why he wanted to know if the board could modify the separation agreement Dr. Stevenson signed, and as we write this article the separation agreement is not posted on board docs, “leading us to wonder why the lack of transparency? In addition, the board agenda says the discussion will be about section 12 of the agreement, which covers Dr. Stevenson’s commitment not to return to Jeffco until after December of 2018.”
Rumors have swirled since the recall election that some board members want to bring Stevenson back as superintendent, and she has not exactly denied those rumors.
Her departure cost the school district approximately $200,000. The recall itself cost $225,000. That’s nearly half of a million dollars of taxpayer dollars that should have gone into classrooms. Lest you think that Stevenson’s severance package was the fault of the incoming board, please remember that she quit the day after the reform board was elected.
Does Jefferson County really want to bring Stevenson back to burn more taxpayer dollars?