JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The Jefferson County Board of Education will take public comment Tuesday evening, then vote on whether to hire superintendent candidate Daniel McMinimee.
The board announced May 10 that it only had one finalist for the job -- McMinimee.
McMinimee is currently 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.
"We had a robust pool of highly-qualified candidates from which to choose," said board president Ken Witt. "We are very pleased with the finalist who has emerged as the top contender for the job of Jeffco superintendent. We want to ensure that we have the very best person to lead the district’s 85,000 students and 14,000 employees with excellence."
However, not all parents are happy with the choice. One parent started a petition drive on Change.org asking the board to reconsider the announcement, reexamine the candidate pool and announce three to four new finalists. At 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, the petition had more than 3,300 signatures.
The board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board plans to take public comment for 45 minutes before the vote. However, speakers were required to sign up ahead of time. The signup list was closed early because so many people signed up.
-- McMinimee contract
Jefferson County Public Schools released the draft contract for McMinimee last week.
The offer has a starting salary of $280,000 per year, that can be increased from "time to time," according to the contract. It does not list incentives or goals tied to salary increases. It does say the superintendent will be evaluated each year in January.
The contract allows the superintendent to "undertake consultation work, speaking engagements, writing, lecturing, and other professional activities for pay during the days allowed for vacation or personal leave or outside of normal working hours."
The superintendent may teach or serve at the college or university level on a part-time basis, with approval from the Jefferson County Board of Education.
The contract is for a five year period starting July 1.