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Backer refutes real estate claims, admits wrongdoing advocating for students with special needs

Backer refutes real estate claims, admits wrongdoing advocating for students with special needs

Ethan Peter and Ally Ortmann

February 16, 2020

KSD School Board member Julie Backer admitted she stepped out of line advocating for students with special needs in an interview with TKC, but also provided documents refuting the real estate claims against her. A 51-page censure resolution with supporting documents detailing Board Policy violations ...

UPDATE: Dr. Jeff Arnett responds to KSD School Board dispute

UPDATE: Dr. Jeff Arnett responds to KSD School Board dispute

Ethan Peter, web editor

February 12, 2020

UPDATE: February 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Jeff Arnett made an additional statement to TKC about his departure from KSD after being appointed superintendent in 2018: While the approach of one individual was particularly disappointing, the dynamic among the seven board members was equally surprising. The co...

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost and board member Julie Backer announce joint statement Feb. 10

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost and board member Julie Backer announce joint statement Feb. 10

Ally Ortmann, associate editor

February 11, 2020

At the KSD Board of Education meeting Feb. 10, an agenda item set to present a resolution to censure board member Julie Backer was not moved forward. KSD School Board President Darnel Frost amended the previously distributed meeting agenda, announcing that Backer and the board had agreed on a joint statement of resol...

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost responds to Feb. 1 impromptu meeting

KSD School Board President Darnel Frost responds to Feb. 1 impromptu meeting

Megan Cleveland, editor-in-chief

February 7, 2020

At an impromptu meeting, KSD Board of Education President Darnel Frost, called for Julie Backer, school board member, to recuse herself from the search for the new superintendent Feb. 1. In a statement to TKC Backer said she was, “shocked and and dismayed by the actions of Darnel Frost, school board member,...

School board member Julie Backer responds to accusations

School board member Julie Backer responds to accusations

Ally Ortmann, associate editor

February 4, 2020

At an impromptu meeting, Kirkwood School District Board of Education President Darnel Frost asked board members to look into censuring fellow board member Julie Backer Feb. 1. Frost then called for Backer to recuse herself from the search for a new district superintendent, claiming she has acted in a disrespectful manner and violated school board policies during her tenure. Backer was not in attendance at the meeting...

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