Jef­fco schools are dys­func­tional, but don’t blame Dan McMin­imee

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Martin Allen, Bill Hi­neser, Tom Gra­ham,

“McMin­imee has served Je≠co well,” Dec. 28 ed­i­to­rial.

The dys­func­tion of the Jef­fer­son County School District goes on and on. The 2015 re­call of school board mem­bers and the fate of cur­rent su­per­in­ten­dent Dan McMin­imee ap­pear to be more po­lit­i­cal than per­for­mance-based. Most trou­bling, how­ever, are the con­tin­u­ing re­jec­tions by vot­ers of school bonds to fund ini­tia­tives to ren­o­vate ag­ing schools and pay in­creases for teach­ers as to be com­pet­i­tive with other Front Range school dis­tricts. In con­trast, Lit­tle­ton School District vot­ers have passed all school bond re­quests since 1984 — when my fam­ily moved here. Maybe this is why my wife in­sisted that when mov­ing to Colorado, we would not be in the Jef­fco school district.

BBB Jef­fer­son County schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Dan McMin­imee has served the stu­dents and com­mu­nity quite well dur­ing his em­ploy­ment, as this paper has re­ported. He is in­volved in im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion and in­volv­ing the stu­dents, staff and par­ents in the process. To fire him would be a spite­ful act on the part of the present school board. Though the present “lib­eral” board may re­sent what was done by the “con­ser­va­tive” board, they should not shoot us in the foot by chang­ing pol­icy and staff that are work­ing out and do­ing a good job.

BBB Your ed­i­to­rial on Dan McMin­imee was the nicest I can re­mem­ber. McMin­imee has cer­tainly been a CEO, man­ag­ing our an­nual bil­lion-dol­lar school op­er­a­tion beyond ex­pec­ta­tions, with what he has been given to work with. Tax­pay­ers, par­ents and stu­dents alike hope he will re­main here.

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