Fired Douglas County Schools superintendent hired in Jeffco

Embattled educator finds new employment despite ongoing controversy over recent dismissal

Bob Wooley
bwooley@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/24/22

Corey Wise has joined Jeffco Public Schools’ team of community superintendents for the remainder of second semester. According to a district spokesperson, Wise is temporarily filling a vacancy that was created when Dave Weiss was hired as Jeffco’s chief of schools in February. 

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Fired Douglas County Schools superintendent hired in Jeffco

Embattled educator finds new employment despite ongoing controversy over recent dismissal

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Corey Wise has joined Jeffco Public Schools’ team of community superintendents for the remainder of second semester. According to a district spokesperson, Wise is temporarily filling a vacancy that was created when Dave Weiss was hired as Jeffco’s chief of schools in February. 

In a written statement, district officials said they are fortunate to have an experienced leader joining the team to provide support to schools and principals during a time of transition.  

“Our community superintendents are part of the school leadership team and play a vital role in the success of our schools. They serve as a link between the schools, the community and the district,” the statement read. “In addition, they oversee school management and assist school staff with response to parental concerns, monitoring and evaluating school effectiveness, student achievement and implementation of curriculum.”

Wise is currently weighing legal action against Douglas County School District in the wake of his dismissal by a recently elected conservative school board majority consisting of Becky Myers, Mike Peterson, Christy Williams and Kaylee Winegar. 

Previous reporting by Colorado Community Media found that in a letter dated Feb. 18, Denver-based civil rights law firm Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC,  and Allen Vellone Wolf Helfrich & Factor P. C. wrote to DCSD's General Counsel Mary Kay Klimesh, saying they represent Wise "with respect to the termination of his employment" with the district. 

Details of his contract reportedly obligate DCSD to pay Wise nearly $250,000 for terminating him “without cause.”

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