Petitions to recall two Dolores school board members resubmitted

Thursday, June 7, 2018 4:14 PM
The circulators of petitions to recall Dolores school board President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy collected signatures at Joe Rowell Park in Dolores on April 3.

Petitions to recall Dolores school board President Dee Prock and board member Vangi McCoy were resubmitted on Thursday, according to the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

“The recall committee turned in petition signatures for the cure process late yesterday afternoon,” Kim Percell, Montezuma County Clerk told The Journal in an email.

The Clerk’s Office has until June 21 to deem the petitions sufficient or insufficient. “If it is deemed insufficient this time, the recall efforts fail,” Percell wrote in an email to The Journal.

The original petitions were deemed insufficient on May 16 after Percell’s office validated signatures.

According to Percell, the original petition to recall Prock contained 396 signatures, but only 245 were valid, 90 valid signatures short of the required 335. The original petition to recall McCoy contained 387 signatures, but only 213 signatures were valid, 122 short of the required 335.

Prock, McCoy, Smith and Lewis have not responded to The Journal’s messages seeking comment.

The petitions claimed that Prock and McCoy have failed to follow transparency policies and have contributed to a decline in student performance in Dolores School District Re-4A.

The county had until May 16 to verify that the petition signatures were valid and registered voters.

The petition format was approved on March 27, and circulators Lewis and Smith had 60 days – until May 28 – to collect the required 335 signatures. The total of 335 signatures represents 10 percent of the electors residing in the district, according to Percell.

Prock was appointed in 2014 to a four-year term and will be up for re-election in 2019.

McCoy was appointed to the Dolores school board in 2009, and her term will expire in 2019.