A Community Letter – Join Us and Take Action!

A letter from a Jeffco Community Member appalled by Witt’s and Newkirk’s actions at Thursday’s BoE meeting
Jeffco Board of Ed  – board@jeffco.k12.co.us
Superintendent Dan McMinimee – dmcminim@jeffco.k12.co.us
District Chief Legal Counsel Craig Hess – rhess@jeffco.k12.co.us
Gabrielle Porter at Canyon Courier gabrielle@evergreenco.com
Eric Gorski – Denver Post   egorski@denverpost.com
Melanie Asmar – Westword – melanie.asmar@westword.com
Tarhonda Thomas    Tarhonda.thomas@9news.com
RE:   Jeffco Board of Ed meeting, May 7th
Ken Witt and John Newkirk violate district policies and FERPA to single out and emotionally injure a child.
I was present at last Thursday’s Jeffco Board of Ed meeting, when I thought for sure my own eyes and ears were deceiving me, as Ken Witt instructed a district employee to place on the Boardroom overhead a screen shot  singling out a Jeffco student and her contribution to a social media post. Mr. Witt then proceeded to point out the child by name in a public forum, make unfounded allegations and slander her by suggesting she is racist.
Mr. Newkirk, apparently a co-conspirator, provided the ready-to-use screenshot to Ms. Neal prior to the board meeting.  Does this not show a premeditated and cruel intent to publicly bully and intimidate a minor child?
How is it that Jeffco Superintendent Dan McMinimee sat silent while Ken Witt and John Newkirk carried out this slaughter of a Jeffco student’s reputation?
How is it Jeffco’s legal counsel Craig Hess sat silent while this Jeffco student was being publicly attacked, bullied and harassed by our own Board of Ed president?
How is it or why would Mr. Newkirk feel the need to troll a Jeffco student’s social media account?  Is this how our board majority members are spending their time?  Troll the social media accounts of students or share posts of hate groups on their own social media accounts?
I came to last week’s board meeting expecting a public apology from Board of Ed member Julie Williams for her “sharing” of a Facebook posting of a known LGBTQ hate group.  Possibly a move of censure.  Nothing.  Total silence on the part of Mr. Witt and Mr. Newkirk.   Yet they came prepared to violate district policies including: JBB (harassment of students) and JBC (prevention of bullying), as well as FERPA?
I don’t know how Mr. Witt, Mr. Newkirk or Mrs. Williams define the role of a Board of Ed member, but I don’t think this is what any voters had in mind.  This is not okay!  Mr. Witt, Mr. Newkirk and Mrs. Williams all need to be held accountable.  Mr. McMinimee, for his failure to step in, needs to be held accountable.  Mr. Hess, for his failure to step in, needs to be held accountable.
This is sickening!   Unfortunately, this is our new Jeffco School District.

We are asking that you join us TODAY and write to these individuals about this travesty:

Jeffco Board of Ed  –  board@jeffco.k12.co.us
Superintendent Dan McMinimee –  dmcminim@jeffco.k12.co.us
District Chief Legal Counsel Craig Hess –  rhess@jeffco.k12.co.us


Copy the media with your correspondence!    We have seen nothing from the media covering this disgraceful travesty.   Hearing from you and seeing your outrage will raise their awareness.
Media Contact information
Gabrielle Porter at Canyon Courier  gabrielle@evergreenco.com
Eric Gorski – Denver Post    egorski@denverpost.com
TaRonda Thomas at NBC 9  Tarhonda.thomas@9news.com
 Yesenia Robles Denver Post  yroblles@denverpost.com
 Glenn Wallace, Managing Editor (Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Northglenn, Thornton, Westminster, Westsider, Wheat Ridge)  gwallace@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Melanie Asmar – Westword –  melanie.asmar@westword.com