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Letter to the editor

Letter: I love puzzles


I love puzzles that have two pictures with a few minor differences that have to be found. So I made a puzzle out of comparing the 2014 and 2017 superintendent search processes. The pictures were about the same. An early calendar year requirement to search for a new Jeffco leader.

In 2014, the superintendent announced she would leave before the end of the school year. In 2017, the board pushed aside the superintendent and gave him $100,000. He stayed a Jeffco employee but was asked to clean out his office.

In 2014, Ray & Associates was hired to conduct the search, same firm used in 2017. In 2014, community meetings, surveys and town halls were used to collect community input on desired traits for a new leader. In 2017, same process.

In 2014, the search firm reached out to a thousand folks and about 60 applied for the job. In 2017, same process.

In 2014, Ray & Associates narrowed the field to the top dozen or so candidates which were presented to the board in closed-door meetings. The top half-dozen were granted interviews, also in closed door meetings. In 2017, same process.

In 2014, the board selected a sole finalist stating he was far and above their first choice. In 2017, same process.

In 2014, community members screamed foul. They packed the board room, shouted for more transparency, demanded there be more than one finalist, wrote letters and started a petition. In fact two of our current board members joined the fray, saying one finalist was disrespectful. 2017 - silence, no protests, no demands for more than one finalist, nothing.

That is a difference anyone can find in this puzzle. It is spelled hypocrisy.

Lisa Paple,



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