DENVER — The FOX31 Denver Problem Solvers first exposed the criminal child abuse past of who was to be the newest member of the Denver Public Schools board. But the seat, which was expected to be filled by MiDian Holmes, remains vacant.
Now, internal documents show a district in crisis after the revelation the district failed to conduct a thorough background check on Holmes.
For the past 14 days, FOX31 Denver has been fighting for around 700 pages of DPS emails related to Holmes’ appointment. The district released the records late Thursday in response to a Colorado Open Records Act request.
The emails help pull back the curtain on how DPS tried to curtail damage to its reputation and how that backfired with the public.
The moment Holmes’ criminal past was revealed, parents started inundating the district with angry disbelief, writing things like:
“THESE SORTS OF DECISIONS ROCK PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT… THEY ARE SHAMEFUL.”
“WHERE IS YOUR INTEGRITY?”
(THIS) “ONLY EXPOSES THE DEEPLY-ROOTED PROBLEMS WITH THE DISTRICT”
“I FIND IT LAUGHABLE THAT THIS PERSON IS THE BEST QUALIFIED FOR ANY SCHOOL POSITION”
The Black Parent Leadership Advisory wrote the district a letter that said in part, “we are shocked and outraged … – you must rescind the (Holmes) appointment.”
State lawmaker Susan Lontine sent DPS a link to the FOX31 investigation with one question:
“IS THIS TRUE?”
The emails also show how DPS tried to get out front of its mistake politically, by assigning team members to directly contact Denver’s mayor, city council and Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office.
The Problem Solvers team has determined the records turned over are incomplete.
The gallery below shows a few of the emails released to the Problem Solvers.