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.
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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