DougCo superintendent responds to former teacher’s union president

Suzie Glassman

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By: Suzie Glassman/NewsBreak Denver

(Castle Rock, CO) DougCo schools superintendent Erin Kane said Douglas County Federation’s (DCF) former president Kevin DiPasquale’s comments about her in his resignation letter to the union’s members were hurtful and untrue.

“Since assuming the role of Superintendent this past spring, I have focused my efforts on caring for our teachers and staff,” said Kane in a written statement.

“I’ve spent the past eight months educating our community on how DCSD is funded and how that affects our ability to compete for and retain our amazing educators and staff.”

Kane said she met with the union’s interim president, Sarah Mesmer, and the two had a fantastic conversation.

“I look forward to continuing to grow partnerships with DCF and any other organization that shares the common goals of providing the brightest possible future for our kids, which includes compensating our teachers for the amazing work they do for students.”

NewsBreak has reached out to Mesmer for comment.

DiPasquale’s communication with district leaders

In his resignation letter, DiPasquale implied Kane wasn’t focused on the best interests of the district’s students or staff because she and other leaders rebuffed his attempts to build a relationship after she was hired.

According to emails obtained by NewsBreak, it’s clear DiPasquale met with Kane and board president Mike Peterson many times during his tenure. However, it appears that multiple emails to the board secretary, Becky Myers, went unanswered, although that claim has not been verified through public documents.

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