GOLDEN, Colo. - For the second straight meeting, Jefferson County's Board of Education meeting was overflowing with people and debate Thursday night. Once again, the primary topic of controversy was the new superintendent, Daniel McMinimee.
All 320 seats in the room were filled with others sitting outside. Two attendees were ejected when things became heated, making it the second consecutive board meeting where some people were not allowed to see the end.
Attendees argued with the board over how much time they could use to comment on the contract. Eventually, they got 90 minutes to share.
McMinimee was previously the assistant superintendent of secondary education for Douglas County Schools. He has also served as a principal, assistant principal, coach and teacher in the Salem-Keizer School district in Oregon.
He was the only finalist announced from a secret pool of five or six semifinalists and the board voted 3-2 to hire him on May 27.
In the end, the board of Colorado's second largest school district gave preliminary approval to a revised contract that reduced McMinimee's base pay from $280,000 to $220,000. The deal includes, however, up to $40,000 in performance pay and another $20,000 in retirement plan reimbursements.
A motion to reduce the base salary to $200,000 and limit other categories to $37,000 failed during the meeting.
The School Board will vote on the deal for a second time on June 19.