Inside the October 2nd school board meeting in Jefferson County, sparks flew between board members Ken Witt (Republican) and Lesley Dahlkemper (Democrat)—sans the romance. With back and forth antics reminiscent of episodes of I Love Lucy, the exchanges between Witt and Dahlkemper could be fodder for a new television comedy.
Nicky Woolf of the Guardian noted in his coverage of this Jeffco Colorado school board meeting that the “acidic exchanges” between Witt and Dahlkemper were “a source of constant entertainment over the course of the evening.”
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Dahlkemper’s theatrics could be described as award winning—if there was such an award for school board members. She outshone Witt in facial expression and voice dramatization; however Witt held his own with his penchant for dry humor. The duo compliments each other like a modern day Laurel and Hardy.
Forget the student protests and AP US History controversy. In this grand finale, fireworks ensued between Witt and Dahlkemper.
As a special meeting was discussed to finalize the superintendent’s goals, Ms. Dahlkemper stated that she hoped a special meeting would not be scheduled while she would be out of town. Mr. Witt then suggested making a motion to modify the superintendent’s contract so that Ms. Dahlkemper would not miss finalizing the goals.
Witt and Dahlkemper closed the show—or rather the end of the school board meeting—with this little “War of the Roses” style lovefest:
“Mr. Witt?” (laughter)
“What would be your preference?”
“Please continue. I have no comment.”
“I have no comment, Mr. Witt. Thank you.”
“You just expressed concern that we might not follow our policy so please suggest your remedy.”
“Would it, would it make a difference if I did?” (laughter and applause)
“It would. That’s why I’m soliciting it.” (continued laughter and applause)
“It hasn’t so far, but thanks for soliciting. I appreciate it.”
At the conclusion of the meeting, attendees flocked to Ms. Dalhkemper to express their admiration. Fans of Ms. Dahlkemper adored her royal purple suit jacket as she glided out of the meeting. Several groupies escorted her to the outside of the building.
Mr. Witt stayed back to speak with his entourage, waiting until Dahlkemper cleared the perimeter. Appearing relaxed and upbeat after the long meeting, Mr. Witt conversed with his fans for a good amount of time.
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