Colorado

Round two of candidate finance reports

Wide gaps in dollars raised by school board candidates in Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties appear little changed in a second round of campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on Friday.

In Denver, at-large candidate Happy Haynes is edging closer to a new fundraising record, reporting a total of $230,037 raised as of Oct. 23 in her quest to fill the citywide seat being vacated by Theresa Peña, who is term-limited.

Haynes, a former Denver City Council president and school district administrator, still has one more reporting period for the current election, covering Oct. 24 through Nov. 26. That third and final report, due Dec. 1, could show Haynes surpassing the $240,605 record set by at-large candidate Mary Seawell in 2009.

Friday’s filings cover the past three weeks, from Oct. 7 to Oct. 23, and show the nine candidates for three Denver school board seats raised a combined total of $133,982 during that time. Altogether, the candidates have raised nearly $790,000 so far in their campaigns to govern the city school district.

More than half of that money is coming in for just three candidates – Haynes, Anne Rowe and Jennifer Draper Carson. Each has raised more than twice the total of her nearest competitor.

For example, among Haynes’ four opponents for the at-large seat, the closest in dollars on hand is high school teacher Frank Deserino, with $17,290. Most of that he donated to himself.

Three Denver “reform” candidates share more big donors

The top fundraiser for the recent three-week reporting cycle was Draper Carson, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Arturo Jimenez to represent District 5 northwest Denver on the board. Draper Carson raised $52,680, bringing her total to $177,440.

Details by candidate

Jimenez reported raising an additional $8,595 in the second reporting cycle, for a total of $68,073.

Emily Sirota, a candidate for the District 1 seat representing southeast Denver, raised the second-highest amount in the recent reporting period, with $29,331. That brings her total to $87,293.26.

Her opponent, Rowe, reported raising $20,525 for a cumulative total of $196,845.

Haynes, Draper Carson and Rowe, who have been endorsed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and other groups supportive of the reforms of Denver Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg, share big donors.

In the first filing period, five men combined to give each candidate $82,000. Those contributors are Daniel Ritchie, CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; Henry Gordon, president of Strata Capital; Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita Inc.; CU President Bruce Benson; and Scott Reiman of Hexagon Investments.

In the second reporting period, Richard Sapkin of Edgemark Development gave Draper Carson $10,000. He previously had given that amount to Haynes and to Rowe. So six donors have now combined to give each of the three candidates $92,000.

In addition, Michael Fries of Liberty Media gave $20,000 to Draper Carson during the second reporting cycle. He previously had given that amount to Rowe.

Teachers’ union still biggest contributor to two DPS candidates

Sirota and Jimenez share the endorsement of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, and the union’s small donor committee is also their biggest donor.

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Sirota received additional DCTA contributions of $14,000 in the second reporting period, bringing her DCTA total to $46,580 – or more than half of her total financial take. That doesn’t include the $24,860 in non-monetary contributions she’s received from the union, in members canvassing on her behalf.

Other contributors in the second reporting cycle included Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Sirota’s former boss, who donated $250 and headlined a fundraiser for her, and friends and family from outside the state such as Adam McKay, an actor and writer in LA, who’s given $6,000.

Jimenez, who previously received $24,000 from the DCTA and $6,000 from the statewide teachers union, the Colorado Education Association, reported no more financial contributions from teachers’ unions in the second reporting period.

He did list $7,400 in non-monetary contributions from the DCTA, in members canvassing for his re-election. That brings his total non-monetary contributions from the DCTA to $15,720.

Jimenez also has received $1,000 from the AFL-CIO and $250 from the Fraternal Order of Police, bringing his total monetary contributions from unions to $31,250. His biggest contributor in the second reporting cycle was Rob Alvarado, CEO of Palo Alto Inc., who gave $3,000.

DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT-LARGE RACE

Daniel

John Daniel

  • Daniel did not file a second campaign finance report so all numbers are for the first reporting period.
  • Total money raised: $244
  • Total spent: $237
  • Remaining balance: $7
  • Non-monetary contributions: 0
  • Largest donation to date: $244
  • Donors of note: Donor figures add up to more than $244; expenditures add up to $237, which Daniel lists as paying himself for advertising
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Deserino

Frank Deserino

  • Total money raised: $17,290 – $16,790 first filing period, $500 second filing period
  • Total spent: $17,793.43 – $13,057.14 first filing period, $4,736.29 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: (-$503.43)
  • Non-monetary contributions: 0
  • Largest donation to date: $15,500
  • Donors of note: Deserino donated $15,500 to his campaign; Denver school board member Jeannie Kaplan, $200; Retired CU professor William Juraschek, $200
  • Key expenditures: $3,545 to Robin Van Ausdall for consulting services
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Haynes

Allegra “Happy” Haynes

  • Total money raised: $230,037 – $213,789 first filing period, $16,248 second filing period
  • Total spent: $194,654.03 – $119,855.40 first filing period, $74,798.63 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $35,382.97
  • Non-monetary contributions: $36,326.38, including $31,191.04 Stand for Children in Denver, canvassing and staff support, and $4,062.60 Great Schools for Great Kids, staff support
  • Largest donation to date: $26,000
  • Donors of note: Dan Ritchie, CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, $26,000; Henry Gordon, president of Strata Capital in Englewood, $25,000; Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita Inc., $11,000; former Denver Public Schools Superintendent Evie Dennis, $150; former state Sen. Regis Groff, $100
  • Key expenditures: $50,500 to Terra Strategies of Des Moines for consulting services, $49,516.35 to Ridder/Braden Inc. for printed materials and design, $19,754.73 to C&D Printing for printing and postage
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Kilgore

Roger Kilgore

  • Total money raised: $9,841 – $8,464 first filing period, $1,377 second filing period
  • Total spent: $9,632.90 – $7,507.15 first filing period, $2,125.75 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $208.10
  • Non-monetary contributions: 0
  • Largest donation to date: $3,000
  • Donors of note: Kilgore donated $3,000 to his campaign; Realtor Candidate Political Action Committee, $300
  • Key expenditures: $2,727.66 to Campaign Products of the Rockies for advertising
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Shumway

Jacqui Shumway

  • Total money raised: $2,523.97 – $2,033.97 first filing period, $490 second filing period
  • Total spent: $1,852.47 – $1,852.47 first filing period, 0 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $671.50
  • Non-monetary contributions: $880, use of personal cell phone for campaign and website maintenance
  • Largest donation to date: $1,500
  • Donors of note: Shumway donated $1,500 to her campaign and transferred $493.97 from her 2009 school board campaign committee
  • Key expenditures: $1,631 for signage
  • Link to finance report

DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS – DISTRICT 1 SOUTHEAST DENVER

Ann
Rowe

Anne Rowe

  • Total money raised: $196,845 – $176,320 first filing period, $20,525 second filing period
  • Total spent: $149,108.04 – $100,607.65 first filing period, $48,500.39 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $47,736.96
  • Non-monetary contributions: $18,236.51, including $15,663.21 Stand for Children in Denver, canvassing and staff support, and $2,031.30 Great Schools for Great Kids, staff support
  • Largest donation to date: $26,000
  • Donors of note: Dan Ritchie, CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, $26,000; Henry Gordon, president of Strata Capital in Englewood, $25,000; Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita Inc., $25,000; Michael T. Fries, CEO of Liberty Media, $20,000; CU President Bruce Benson, founder of Benson Mineral Group, $10,000; former state lawmaker Pat Pascoe, $100; political consultant Eric Sondermann, $50
  • Key expenditures: $36,650 to Colorado Voter Contract for campaign field services, $12,338.16 to BC Printing for mailers and cards, $10,000 to Tyson Organization for phone calls
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Emily Sirota
Sirota

Emily Sirota

  • Total money raised: $87,293.26 – $57,962.26 first filing period, $29,331 second filing period
  • Total spent: $62,109.93 – $27,716.15 first filing period, $34,393.78 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $25,183.33
  • Non-monetary contributions: $25,162.64 – $11,676.48, including $11,200 to Denver Classroom Teachers Association for canvassing, first filing period; $13,846.16, including $13,660 to Denver Classroom Teachers Association for canvassing, second filing period
  • Largest donation to date: $46,580
  • Donors of note: Denver Classroom Teachers Association, small donor committee, $46,580 (doesn’t include non-monetary gifts); Adam McKay, actor/writer, Los Angeles, $6,000; Leo Hindery, managing partner of InterMedia, New York, $5,000; Denver school board member Jeannie Kaplan, $2,352; Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, $250; State Sen. Morgan Carroll, $75
  • Key expenditures: $19,772.07 to Campaign Products of the Rockies for yard signs, printing, postage; $12,500 to Amanda Snipes, consulting services; $10,000 to Rocky Mountain Voter Outreach for canvassing
  • Link to finance report

DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS – DISTRICT 5 NORTHWEST DENVER

Draper Carson

Jennifer Draper Carson

  • Total money raised: $177,440 – $124,760 first filing period, $52,680 second filing period
  • Total spent: $152,347.67 – $103,712.14 first filing period, $48,635.53 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $25,092.33
  • Non-monetary contributions: $21,839.43, including $16,657.18 from Stand for Children in Denver, canvassing and staff support, and $4,062.60 from Great Schools for Great Kids, staff support
  • Largest donation to date: $26,000
  • Donors of note: Dan Ritchie, CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, $26,000; Henry Gordon, president of Strata Capital in Englewood, $25,000; Michael Fries, Liberty Media in Englewood, $20,000; Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita Inc., $11,000; Richard Sapkin, Edgemark Development, $10,000; Denver Scholarship Fund founding donor Timothy Marquez, Veneco, $2,000; Blueflower Fund, small donor committee supporting female Democratic candidates, $250
  • Key expenditures: $50,237.50 to Terra Strategies of Des Moines for consulting services, $18,716.36 to Ridder/Braden for consulting and mail services
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Jimenez

Arturo Jimenez

  • Total money raised: $68,073 – $59,478 first filing period, $8,595 second filing period
  • Total spent: $57,614.16 – $40,210.45 first filing period, $17,403.71 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $13,398.07 (includes $2,939.23 from prior school board campaign fund)
  • Non-monetary contributions: $16,232.90, including $15,720 from Denver Classroom Teachers Association, canvassing
  • Largest donation to date: $24,000
  • Donors of note: Denver Classroom Teachers Association, small donor committee, $24,000 (does not include non-monetary donations); Colorado Education Association, small donor committee, $6,000; Rob Alvarado, CEO of Palo Alto Inc., $3,000; AFL-CIO, small donor committee, $1,000; Denver school board member Jeannie Kaplan, $1,440.94; Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, small donor committee, $250
  • Key expenditures: $28,642.18 to C&D Printing for campaign materials, $12,166.66 to Dave Sabados for campaign management
  • Link to finance report

DOUGLAS COUNTY – DISTRICT A

Meek

Susan Meek

  • Total money raised: $3,732.96 – $3,062.97 first filing period, $669.99 second filing period
  • Total spent: $2,679.63 – $402.78 first filing period, $2,276.85 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $1,053.33
  • Non-monetary contributions: 0
  • Largest donation to date: $1,000
  • Donors of note: Jim Christensen, former Douglas County schools superintendent, $1,000
  • Key expenditures: $1,073.92 for campaign postcards
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Reilly

Kevin Reilly

  • Total money raised: $2,823.46 – $2,725.68 first filing period, $97.78 second filing period
  • Total spent: $1,300.92 – $1,276.39 first filing period, $24.53 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $1,522.54
  • Non-monetary contributions: $63.85, campaign kickoff party
  • Largest donation to date: $350
  • Donors of note: Sarah Mann, chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party, $350; Reilly loaned himself $858.19
  • Key expenditures: $507.43 for business cards and brochures
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Richardson

Craig Richardson

  • Total money raised: $20,900 – $20,700 first filing period, $200 second filing period
  • Total spent: $16,936.36 – $1,725.75 first filing period, $15,210.61 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $3,963.64
  • Non-monetary contributions: $1,045.79, including $1,016.24 from Douglas County Republican Central Committee for mailer
  • Largest donation to date: Two donations of $10,000 each
  • Donors of note: Ed McVaney, founder and former CEO of J.D. Edwards software corp., $10,000; Ralph Nagel, president of Top Rock investments, $10,000; Richardson donated his campaign $500; Marge Knutson, retired, Franktown, $100
  • Key expenditures: $15,080.41 to Wiz Bang Solutions for mailers
  • Link to finance report

DOUGLAS COUNTY – DISTRICT C

Frances

Gail Frances

  • Total money raised: $3,739.34 – $2974.34 first filing period, $765 second filing period
  • Total spent: $2,607.65 – $1,425.32 first filing period, $1,182.33 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $1,131.69
  • Non-monetary contributions: $123.84, including $63.85, campaign kickoff party
  • Largest donation to date: Two donors gave $250
  • Donors of note: Daniel Galloway, attorney in Lone Tree, $250; Sarah Mann, chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party, $250; Frances has loaned her campaign $556.80
  • Key expenditures: $423 for yard signs
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Larsen

Kevin Larsen

  • Total money raised: $20,820.23 – $20,105 first filing period, $715.23 second filing period
  • Total spent: $16,993.76 – $1,796.90 first filing period, $15,196.86 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $3,826.47
  • Non-monetary contributions:$1,045.79, including $1,016.24 from Douglas County Republican Central Committee for mailer
  • Largest donation to date: Two donations of $10,000 each
  • Donors of note: Ed McVaney, founder and former CEO of J.D. Edwards software corp., $10,000; Ralph Nagel, president of Top Rock investments, $10,000; current Douglas County School Board President John Carson, $100; Gerald Stueven, Platte River Academy principal, $100
  • Key expenditures: $15,080.41 to Wiz Bang Solutions for mailers
  • Link to finance report

DOUGLAS COUNTY – DISTRICT F

McMahon

Susan McMahon

  • Total money raised: $11,029.30 – $8,444 first filing period, $2,585.30 second filing period
  • Total spent: $8,670.88 – $7,957.78 first filing period, $713.10 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $2,358.42
  • Non-monetary contributions: $6,530.36, including $3,125 each from John and Ronda Funchess for video
  • Largest donation to date: $1,000
  • Donors of note: Deborah Hill of Castle Rock, not currently employed, $1,000; Jerri Hill, attorney, Parker, $435; Sarah Mann, chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party, $275; Blueflower Fund, small donor committee supporting female Democratic candidates, $200; State Sen. Evie Hudak, $25
  • Key expenditures: $4,991.13 to C&D Printing for mailers
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Williams

Justin Williams

  • Total money raised: $21,785 – $20,820 first filing period, $965 second filing period
  • Total spent: $17,208.49 – $2,535.63 first filing period, $14,672.86 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $4,576.51
  • Non-monetary contributions: $1,245.79, including $1,016.24 from Douglas County Republican Central Committee for mailer
  • Largest donation to date: Two donations of $10,000 each
  • Donors of note: Ed McVaney, founder and former CEO of J.D. Edwards software corp., $10,000; Ralph Nagel, president of Top Rock investments, $10,000; current Douglas County School Board President John Carson, $100
  • Key expenditures: $15,080.41 to Wiz Bang Solutions for mailers
  • Link to finance report

JEFFERSON COUNTY – DISTRICT 3

Branaugh

Preston Branaugh

  • Total money raised: $8,855 – $7,795 first filing period, $1,060 second filing period
  • Total spent: $1,132.10 – $308.15 first filing period, $823.95 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $7,722.90
  • Non-monetary contributions: 0
  • Largest donation to date: Two donors gave $1,000 each
  • Donors of note: John Coors of Evergreen, CEO of CoorsTek and part of the Coors brewery family, $1,000; Andy Hoover of Littleton, retired, $1,000; Ron Ellis, Englewood, $300; Mountain Republican Women, $250; U.S. Congressman Mike Coffman, $100; Colorado State Board of Education member Debora Scheffel, $50
  • Key expenditures: $570 to Tactical Data Solutions for fundraising expenses
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Fellman

Jill Fellman

  • Total money raised: $43,581 – $31,096 first filing period, $12,485 second filing period
  • Total spent: $40,343.66 – $11,632.73 first filing period, $28,710.93 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $3,237.34
  • Non-monetary contributions: $55.97, most in the form of pencils
  • Largest donation to date: Three donors gave $1,000 each
  • Donors of note: Jonathan Abramson, attorney, $1,000; Kelly Johnson of Golden, no occupation, $1,000; John Sands, attorney, $1000; Realtor Candidate political action committee, $500; U.S. Congressman Ed Perlmutter, $250; Jane Goff, former Jeffco board member and current State Board of Education member, $200; Hereford Percy, former Jeffco board member and current chair of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, $200; Jefferson County Democratic Party, $50
  • Key expenditures: $19,723.64 to C&D Printing for postage
  • Link to finance report

JEFFERSON COUNTY – DISTRICT 4

Dahlkemper

Lesley Dahlkemper

  • Total money raised: $54,592 – $42,422 first filing period, $12,170 second filing period
  • Total spent: $33,673.40 – $19,788.43 first filing period, $13,884.97 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $20,918.60
  • Non-monetary contributions: 0
  • Largest donation to date: $2,500
  • Donors of note: Greg Stevinson, Denver West Properties, $2,500; John Sands, attorney, $2,450; Robert Benson, AMBP, $2,000; Blueflower Fund, a small donor committee supporting female Democratic candidates, $350; U.S. Congressman Jared Polis, $250; U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, $200
  • Key expenditures: $13,433.34 to Colorado Data Mail for fliers, postcards and thank you cards
  • Link to finance report

Candidates listed in alphabetical order

Powers

Jim Powers

  • Total money raised: $8,595 – $8,370 first filing period, $225 second filing period
  • Total spent: $1,619.76 – $795.81 first filing period, $823.95 second filing period
  • Remaining balance: $6,975.24
  • Non-monetary contributions: 0
  • Largest donation to date: $1,000
  • Donors of note: Andy Hoover of Littleton, retired, $1,000; Mountain Republican Women, $250; Tim Cuthriell, retired, Morrison, $200
  • Key expenditures: $570 to Tactical Data Solutions for fundraising expenses
  • Link to finance report

Weekend Reads

Need classroom decor inspiration? These educators have got you covered.

This school year, students will spend about 1,000 hours in school —making their classrooms a huge part of their learning experience.

We’re recognizing educators who’ve poured on the pizazz to make students feel welcome. From a 9th-grade “forensics lab” decked out in caution tape to a classroom stage complete with lights to get first graders pumped about public speaking, these crafty teachers have gone above and beyond to create great spaces.

Got a classroom of your own to show off? Know someone that should be on this list? Let us know!

Jaclyn Flores, First Grade Dual Language, Rochester, New York
“Having a classroom that is bright, cheerful, organized and inviting allows my students to feel pride in their classroom as well as feel welcome. My students look forward to standing on the stage to share or sitting on special chairs to dive into their learning. This space is a safe place for my students and we take pride in what it has become.”

Jasmine, Pre-K, Las Vegas, Nevada
“My classroom environment helps my students because providing calming colors and a home-like space makes them feel more comfortable in the classroom and ready to learn as first-time students!”

 

Oneika Osborne, 10th Grade Reading, Miami Southridge Senior High School, Miami, Florida
“My classroom environment invites all of my students to constantly be in a state of celebration and self-empowerment at all points of the learning process. With inspirational quotes, culturally relevant images, and an explosion of color, my classroom sets the tone for the day every single day as soon as we walk in. It is one of optimism, power, and of course glitter.”

Kristen Poindexter, Kindergarten, Spring Mill Elementary School, Indianapolis, Indiana
“I try very hard to make my classroom a place where memorable experiences happen. I use songs, finger plays, movement, and interactive activities to help cement concepts in their minds. It makes my teacher heart so happy when past students walk by my classroom and start their sentence with, “Remember when we…?”. We recently transformed our classroom into a Mad Science Lab where we investigated more about our 5 Senses.”

 

Brittany, 9th Grade Biology, Dallas, Texas
“I love my classroom environment because I teach Biology, it’s easy to relate every topic back to Forensics and real-life investigations! Mystery always gets the students going!”

 

Ms. Heaton, First Grade, Westampton, New Jersey
“As an educator, it is my goal to create a classroom environment that is positive and welcoming for students. I wanted to create a learning environment where students feel comfortable and in return stimulates student learning. A classroom is a second home for students so I wanted to ensure that the space was bright, friendly, and organized for the students to be able to use each and every day.”

D’Essence Grant, 8th Grade ELA, KIPP Houston, Houston, Texas
“Intentionally decorating my classroom was my first act of showing my students I care about them. I pride myself on building relationships with my students and them knowing I care about them inside and outside of the classroom. Taking the time to make the classroom meaningful and creative as well building a safe place for our community helps establish an effective classroom setting.”

 

Jayme Wiertzema, Elementary Art, Worthington, Minnesota
“I’m looking forward to having a CLASSROOM this year. The past two years I have taught from a cart and this year my amazing school district allowed me to have a classroom in our school that is busting at the seams! I’m so excited to use my classroom environment to inspire creativity in my students, get to know them and learn from their amazing imaginations in art class!”

 

Melissa Vecchio, 4th Grade, Queens, New York
“Since so much of a student’s time is spent inside their classroom, the environment should be neat, organized, easy to move around in but most of all positive. I love to use a theme to reinforce great behavior. I always give the students a choice in helping to design bulletin boards and desk arrangements. When they are involved they take pride in the classroom, and enjoy being there.”

moving forward

After Confederate flag dispute at Colorado football game, schools pledge to bring students together

PHOTO: Marc Piscotty
Manual High students.

Acknowledging “we may never have a conclusive picture of what happened,” two Colorado school districts sought to move past a controversy over whether a Confederate flag was displayed at a football game and open a conversation between the two school communities.

The principal of Manual High, Nick Dawkins, wrote in a community letter over the weekend that the visiting Weld Central High School team “displayed a Confederate flag during the first quarter of the (Friday night) game, offending many members of the Manual community.”

Officials from Denver Public Schools and Weld County School District Re-3J released a joint letter Tuesday saying that based “on what we have learned to date, however, the Weld Central team did not display the Confederate flag.” At the same time, it said, multiple Manual eyewitnesses “reported seeing spectators who attempted to bring a Confederate flag into the game and clothing with flag images.”

Going forward, students from the two schools — one rural and one urban — will participate in a student leadership exchange that has student leaders visit each other’s schools and communities to “share ideas and perspectives,” the letter says.

“At a time in our country when so many are divided, we want our students instead to come together, share ideas and learn together,” says the letter, which is signed by the principals of both schools and the superintendents of both school districts.

The alleged incident took place at a time when issues of race, social injustice, politics and sports are colliding in the United States, making for tough conversations, including in classrooms.

Weld Central’s mascot is a Rebel. Manual, whose mascot is the Thunderbolts, is located in one of Denver’s historically African-American neighborhoods.

Dawkins in his initial community letter also said “the tension created by the flag led to conflict on and off the playing field,” and that three Manual players were injured, including one who went to the hospital with a leg injury. He also said some Manual players reported that Weld Central players “taunted them with racial slurs.”

Weld Central officials vehemently denied that their team displayed the flag. In addition, they said in their own community letter they had “no evidence at this point that any of our student athletes displayed racially motivated inappropriate behavior.”

They said district officials “do not condone any form of racism,” including the Confederate flag.

Weld Central fans told the Greeley Tribune that they didn’t see any Confederate flag.

Read the full text below.