Education

Brett Reese and Laura Boggs, school board members, just can't control their crazy lately

Last year, Westword profiled Andrea Merida, a Denver Public Schools board member who caused a stir in 2009 when she had herself secretly sworn in. Last year, a few voters tried to recall her after she wrote a negative op-ed about a senate candidate without revealing that she was working for his opponent. But Merida is tame compared to two other school board members: Greeley's Brett Reese, a gun-totin' MLK-hater, and Jeffco's Laura Boggs, a classroom-crashin' grant threatener.

Reese may win the Crazy Award for repeatedly broadcasting attacks on Martin Luther King, Jr. on his radio station. According to the Greeley Tribune, Reese has vowed to read, twice a day, a letter he received from a listener three years ago that calls King a sexual degenerate, a Communist and "a modern-day "plastic god." Not nice, Reese. And not true.

But Boggs is a close second. Her crazy seems to be all over the map: from allegedly calling school stupid to reportedly crashing a union bargaining meeting and being censured by the board after she threatened to undermine a $32.8 million district grant. Her antics were so worrisome that the teacher's union started a newsletter called Boggs Watch.

So rest easy, DPS. And be glad Boggs and Reese don't live in Denver.

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Melanie Asmar is a staff writer for Westword. She joined the paper in 2009 and has won awards for her stories about education, immigration and epic legal battles. Got a tip? She'd love to hear it.
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