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December 13, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
School Board vs. Barter
(2007-03-13)
Despite a newspaper ad urging those seeking Barter's removal to protest, only about 18 people showed up carrying hand printed signs prior to Monday's board meeting. (Photo: Victor Locke, KSUT)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The fate of Durango School District 9R Superintedent Mary Barter remains uncertain today.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

TRT: 3:10
HOST LEAD: About 18 school patrons carrying signs urging Barter be fired, marched outside the school administration building for 30-minutes before a special school board meeting.
The meeting was called following board president Mike Matheson's resignation last week.
He alleged five other members had decided outside a public meeting, to terminate Barter's contract immediately.
Mike Nargi, a member of the school's Parent Athletic Advisory Committe, hoisting two hand printed signs over his head and accused Barter of misleading the public.
NARGI: NOTHING COMES OUT THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE. AND THERE'S THIS CONSTANT MISUNDERSTANDING, MISINFORMATION, WE'RE TOLD ONE THING, ANOTHER THING HAPPENS, THE ADMINISTRATION SAYS THEY'RE GOING TO DO SOMETHING, THEY DON'T DO IT. AND IT'S MORE OF A LIP SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ARENT GROUPS THAN THE REALITY OF REAL ACTION.
Another one of the demonstrators was Bliss Bruen:
BRUEN: WHAT I SEE CRUCIAL IS THAT THEY THINK ABOUT A TRANSITION, THAT THEY DON'T RUSH INTO ANYTHING AND THAT THEY BE VERY CALM AND COLLECTED.
Inside, Bruen, Nargi and about half a dozen others addressed school board members shortly after they opened the meeting, urging them to replace Barter now.
They also heard from two former board members.
One of them, Christy Zeller, said she spoke with several other former board members who have served under Barter and feel she should remain.
And Zeller chastised the board saying she believes they've met illegally.
ZELLER: I'VE PERSONALLY SEEN A COMBINATION OF YOU AT RESTAURANTS AND I'VE HEARD CONVERSATIONS, SO IT APPEARS YOU HAVE BEEN EVALUATING THE SUPERINTENDENT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.
The board then went behind closed doors in a legal executive session.
According to Board Vice President Floyd Patterson, they spent two hours meeting with principals, administrators and members of Barter's cabinet.
PATTERSON: WE JUST VISITED WITH OUR PEOPLE. IT WAS IN REFERENCE TO THE PLAN OF OUR DISTRICT, WHERE WE FEEL WE'RE GOING, WHERE WE FEEL WE'VE BEEN.
Patterson says the board will meet with Barter in executive session tonight, and he doesn't expect any action then either.
Barter, meanwhile, repeated what she said last week following Matheson's resignation.
She prefers to fulfill her contract that expires in June 2008.
BARTER: I REALLY THINK IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE DISTRICT FOR ME TO FINISH OUT MY CONTRACT BECAUSE IT TAKES ALMOST A YEAR TO DO A SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH.
As for the criticisms levelled against her last night:
BARTER: THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GOOD CONCERNS THAT AREN'T RESOLVED AND THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO HANG ONTO ISSUES EVEN WHEN THEY ARE RESOLVED. I'M GLAD THEY CARE ENOUGH ABOUT THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO COME OUT AND TALK TO THE BOARD WHEN THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY, I WISH WE WERE PERFECT.
Five of the six remaining school board members did vote last night to accept Matheson's resignation.
The six remaining members can now either call a special election or select a successor to Matheson.
That person would then have to run for one of five seats that will be up for election in November.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.

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