Perlmutter Statement on Resignation of Cindy Stevenson

We'll have much more on the big news in Jeffco last weekend, but in the meantime, here's a statement from Congressman Ed Perlmutter on the (second) resignation of Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Cindy Stevenson:

On Saturday morning at a meeting of the Jeffco School Board, nationally recognized superintendent Cindy Stevenson announced that she would resign her position at the end of the month instead of the end of June as originally planned. She stated the new board majority made it nearly impossible to focus on serving our community and Jeffco’s 85,000 students. Read the full story here, or watch the video of Saturday’s board meeting here.

Cindy Stevenson has been an outstanding superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools for 12 years.  Last year she announced her plans to retire at the end of this school year in June but clearly that wasn't soon enough for the new school board members. It's a shame she wasn't allowed to fulfill her term as previously agreed upon by the board.  Her dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality education to our kids was an asset to our schools and our community. I'm proud to call her my friend and thankful for her public service.

Sincerely,
Ed Perlmutter

20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. hawkeye says:

    After 38 years at Jeffco, Stevenson was ready to retire anyway.  Now she can collect two pension checks, PERA plus a much smaller one specific to Jeffco schools (for old hires), along with a new paycheck starting in June.  Not bad …

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    . . . don't mind me . . .

    . . . I'm just hanging here waiting for AC to blame this job loss on Obamacare, or Udallcare, too . . .

  3. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    Was she forced out or did she resign voluntarily?  My understanding is board wanted her to stay until end of school year.  Is there any proof that this is inaccurate?

    • ajb says:

      What would constitute proof sufficient to persuade you?

    • RunningOnEmpty says:

      The board was trying to push her out.  The best proof of this was the series of events last week.

      Wednesday: Ken Witt asks about the superintedent succession plan during a study session on other topics.

      Thursday: Ken Witt asks to add an executive session about personnel matters regarding Dr. Stevenson on the agenda for Saturday's study session about the budget.  Stevenson jumped in to say that her lawyer couldn't be there.  Lesley Dahlkemper said she wouldn't vote to go into executive session if Stevenson's lawyer wouldn't be present (4 votes are needed).  Witt tries to call for an executive session on Friday instead, but Dahlkemper asks him to explain what this is about and why it is so urgent.  So Witt says he'll add it to the agenda for Saturday and they'll vote appropriately.

      Friday: Brad Miller, the board attorney, tells the Denver Post that the executive session isn't about firing the superintendent.  Note the word choice, because he's deliberately being misleading.

      Saturday, after the meeting: Witt tells the Denver Post that Miller was correct, that the meeting wasn't about firing Stevenson but rather a disagreement about how soon she was leaving.  Stevenson at that point was pushing to stay until March 31, which would have gotten the district through TCAPs without disruption.  Instead, the board wanted her gone Saturday.

      This was news to the two minority board members, who had not been notified and were asking for more details during Saturday's meeting, only to be ignored by Witt (again).

      As of Saturday's meeting, Stevenson's lawyer was still negotiating the terms of her earlier resignation with the board's lawyer.

      She was forced out, without question.  One wonders how they think this is going to get them gains on the TCAP scores that our kids are taking in just weeks, with everything up in the air.

      • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

        Isn't CPP reporting that she, and not Witt, asked for the Executive Session on her Personnell matter?

        • Curmudgeon says:

          Well, I'd definitely take what CPP says happened over what one of the people invovled in the situation says happened…..

          Oh, no, wait…I wouldn't do that. But Elliott would.

        • BlueCat says:

          My God, Eliot. You really did just fall off the turnip truck. 

          • Curmudgeon says:

            Of course not. He's intelligent, he just uses this techinique of questioning everything, while not saying he's taking a position, to fight for his masters without admitting he's fighting for his masters. He knows better, but it doesn't please them for him to say so. 

             

            • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

              I had read that it was Stevinson, and not the board, that pushed to have her personnel matter placed on the executive session.  Granted, that was in CPP, but its an account that seems very inconsistent with the timeline you guys are putting here.  

              I hope you would all agree though that if Stevenison manipulated the populace into believing a material misperception of these events along these lines that such would be a highly unprofessional action on her part.  

              • Ralphie says:

                Isn't that the way the system works?  The employee is the only one who can request that personnel matters relating to him or her be discussed in executive session?  There's no conspiracy here, no matter how CPP tries to invent one.

                (b) (I) All meetings held by members of a state public body subject to this part 4 to consider the appointment or employment of a public official or employee or the dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of, or the investigation of charges or complaints against, a public official or employee shall be open to the public unless said applicant, official, or employee requests an executive session.

            • ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

              As for my "Masters" who are they?  I'm just curious, as I'm pretty known for not taking orders from anybody in GOP circles and basically flicking everybody off when I feel like it. 

  4. dwyer says:

    petey boyles made fun of her hair and then said the Board fired her. 

    omg, what more proof do you people need, anyway.

  5. Meiner49erMeiner49er says:

    The point not to be missed here is that Perlmutter is paying attention to developments that have signifcance for Dems in these school districts like JeffCo, DougCo and Thompson in Larimer.  Just one more reason to like him! Here's hoping he's giving voice to what he's seeing when speaking to other members of our Congressional Delegation (are you listening, Jared Polis?) and to our statewide officials.

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