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.
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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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