Jefferson County students head back to class with recall threats looming

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LITTLETON, Colo. -- Monday is the first day back to school for teachers and students in the Jefferson County Public Schools.

Nearly 87,000 students will be back in classes for the first day after summer break.

Superintendent Dan McMinimee will make the rounds as well, beginning at Dakota Ridge High School.

McMinimee is in his second year as superintendent of schools and he starts the school year with a lot of controversy. A group of more than 100 volunteers spent the summer efforting a recall election for three of the school board members that hired him.

The group recently turned in more than double the number of required signatures needed to try to get the recall on the November ballot. One of the group's biggest complaints is how McMinimee was hired and the salary he was given.

“One of our goals with having so many signatures is really to show the opposition that this is what the community wants.  We want a do-over," said Wendy McCord of JeffCo United for Action.

Said school board president Ken Witt: “I welcome the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the community about the great accomplishments this board has had in JeffCo to advance education.”

JeffCo United for Action recently doubled its war chest, raising more than $145,000 to help the recall effort.

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