Breaking: Redactions delay the release of DougCo school board’s investigative report

Breaking: Redactions delay the release of DougCo school board’s investigative report

Douglas County School District staff today are redacting parts of an investigation report of a closed-door meeting between Ponderosa High School student Grace Davis and two members of the county board of education.

Spokesperson Paula Hans told The Colorado Independent this morning that the report was likely to be released later today but was delayed because staff were working on redactions.

The Independent has filed an open records request for an unredacted copy of the report.

The investigation, conducted by the law firm of Sherman & Howard, is expected to cost the Douglas County School District and its taxpayers $$163,696.25. That cost takes into account a discount of $18,000, according to a detailed invoice submitted by Sherman & Howard.

RELATED: Douglas County taxpayers to pay $163,696.25 for Davis investigation

The closed-door meeting between Davis and board Chair Meghann Silverthorn and Vice-Chair Judith Reynolds took place in March, without Davis’ parents consent or even knowledge, according to Davis. She claims the two board members tried to intimidate her into cancelling a student protest, scheduled for several days later. The then-sophomore later demanded the resignation of the two board members, a call echoed by hundreds of parents and teachers in the district.

Davis recorded the 90-minute meeting, available here courtesy of KMGH.

Friday, Silverthorn commented on the report, which has been released to the seven members of the school board, including Silverthorn and Reynolds. The report had not been provided to the Davis family as of Sunday.

Last Friday, Silverthorn committed to a public and transparent process in a Facebook post on the report.


Update: The Colorado Independent received a more detailed Sherman & Howard invoice on 6/21 that shows the actual billed amount at $163,696.25.

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Marianne Goodland

has been a political journalist since 1998. She covered the state capitol for the Silver & Gold Record from 1998 to 2009 and for The Colorado Statesman in 2010-11 and 2013-14. Since 2010 she also has covered the General Assembly for newspapers in northeastern Colorado. She was recognized with awards from the Colorado Press Association for feature writing and informational graphics for her work with the Statesman in 2012.

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