Douglas County’s Board of Education will gather Friday evening to decide whether to keep the Superintendent Corey Wise in his position, a meeting that was hastily scheduled after a group of members earlier this week accused the board’s majority of trying to oust the district leader behind closed doors.
The district was thrown into turmoil Monday when three members alleged the school board’s president and vice president – Mike Peterson and Christy Williams, respectively – of giving Superintendent Corey Wise an ultimatum to resign by Wednesday or be voted out.
In the surprise and public Zoom meeting, the three members — Elizabeth Hanson, Susan Meek and David Ray – said they found out about the plans on Jan. 28 and that there had been no note, meeting or notice. This, they said, violated Colorado open meeting laws, and that school board members are not authorized to take these actions on their own without informing the rest of the board.
The allegations sparked outrage among Douglas County School District employees and parents – many of whom were already upset at the board’s plans to alter the district’s equity policy – and on Thursday roughly 1,000 people protested in Castle Rock to support Wise and demand transparency from the board. The district canceled classes for the day because so many employees called out as part of the protest.
As of Wednesday, Wise had not resigned his position, according to the district.
Now, the entire board is holding a special meeting at 5 p.m. Friday to decide his fate. The meeting, which will also be live-streamed, includes a period of the executive session “for the purposes of considering personnel matters…
concerning the superintendent’s performance and contract,” according to the agenda.