Je≠co to vote on su­per­in­ten­dent

Dan McMin­imee could be on his way out.

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Ye­se­nia Robles

Just over a year af­ter board mem­bers who hired him were ousted in a re­call elec­tion, Dan McMin­imee may be on his way out as su­per­in­ten­dent of Jef­fco Pub­lic Schools.

District of­fi­cials an­nounced Tues­day that the board would vote next month on whether to launch a search for a new su­per­in­ten­dent. That the item is on the Jan. 12 agenda “es­sen­tially means they are not of­fer­ing Dan a con­tract ex­ten­sion,” said district spokes­woman Diana Wil­son.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear whether the door is com­pletely closed on the pos­si­bil­ity of re­new­ing McMin­imee’s con­tract — or what steps would need to be taken if the par­ties do part ways.

Un­der the terms of his con­tract, McMin­imee must be no­ti­fied by the end of March about whether the district in­tends to ex­tend his con­tract, which ex­pires June 30.

The board held two closed-door meet­ings on the su­per­in­ten­dent’s con­tract this month. They ended the meet­ing last week af­ter about three and a half hours in ex­ec­u­tive ses­sion with­out re­turn­ing to the board room, leav­ing McMin­imee’s fate in limbo.

“I think it was clear from the ex­ec­u­tive ses­sions that we should put the op­tion out there and ac­tu­ally fig­ure out where the board is on that is­sue,” board pres­i­dent Ron Mitchell told Chalkbeat on Tues­day. He did not elab­o­rate.

McMin­imee could not be reached im­me­di­ately for com­ment.

He was hired as Jef­fco su­per­in­ten­dent in 2014 by the board’s con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity. The choice was crit­i­cized dur­ing the re­call cam­paign, but when the re­call was suc­cess­ful, the new board said it would give McMin­imee a chance, in part be­cause ter­mi­nat­ing the con­tract early would cost the district a year’s worth of his salary.

“If the board de­cides to be­gin the search for a new su­per­in­ten­dent, that ac­tion should not be viewed as a com­men­tary on the board’s es­ti­ma­tion of Dan’s abil­i­ties or his per­for­mance in the role of su­per­in­ten­dent,” Mitchell said in a state­ment. “Board mem­bers ex­pressed a de­sire to have a broader dis­cus­sion about the board’s vi­sion for the district and type of lead­er­ship needed to make that vi­sion a re­al­ity.”

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