District 16 to take up issue of renewals
High attendance is likely for tonights Garfield School District No. 16 board meeting. The public comment period is at the beginning of the meeting at the district office, across from the old high school, which houses the literacy center. Residents who live within the district found a flier on their doors this week encouraging them to attend the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m. The flier reads, Please support our teachers. Rehire Mrs. Johnson and rehire Mrs. Musch. Dorathy Johnson and Kari Musch protested St John Middle School principal Dan Hoeys recommendation not to renew their contracts for another year at a special board meeting May 25. Both teachers have taught in the district for less than three years, which makes them probationary teachers. The board voted 4-1 to support the principals recommendation not to renew the teachers. Under Colorado law, administrators do not have to justify the decision not to rehire a probationary teacher. But board members in District 16 have voted in previous cases not to approve a principals recommendation not to renew when community members showed up to support teachers. A total of 16 people signed up to speak on behalf of each teacher at the May 25 meeting. MaryAnne Tonder, a teacher who retired last year after 22 years with District 16, said she plans to attend the meeting. Shes not sure if shell speak, but has written a letter she plans to present to the board. We hope it will be a very well-attended meeting, Tonder said.Dick Doran, a former substitute teacher in the district, has been a vocal supporter of the two teachers and formed the Committee to Rehire Dorathy Johnson and Kari Musch, which paid for the flier residents found on their doors.
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