Jan Kulmann left kids in danger.
Special Education Lawyer Jacque Phillips recalls how former Stargate Charter School Board President, Jan Kulmann, ignored the pleas of parents and staff to investigate multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination against disabled students at the school.
Kulmann, currently running for the Republican nomination to Colorado’s Eighth Congressional District, makes no reference to her tenure as Stargate Charter School’s Board President on her LinkedIn page or in her commercials. Unfortunately, the more than twelve families who were forced to seek legal recourse after Kulmann turned a blind eye to student and staff misconduct will never forget what they experienced.
Kulmann’s time as Stargate’s most senior board member culminated in multi-year federal monitoring of the school to help prevent further incidents.
ProgressNow Colorado’s Executive Director, Sara Loflin, is calling for Jan Kulmann to exit the District Eight Republican Primary.
“Jan Kulmann threatened and cajoled her way into to public office by trying to silence parents whose children experienced sexual harassment and discrimination at Stargate Charter School on her watch,” Loflin said. “A school board president’s job is to develop and implement policies and procedures that protect our babies, not to bury evidence to enable child abusers.”
Although Jan Kulmann touts herself as the director of a construction company it’s undoubtedly true that one of the most important roles she’s ever held was as a trusted adult overseeing the safety of students.
Despite several parents, like Curtis Kowalski (above), expressing concerns about their children’s safety, Kulmann declined to fire a volleyball coach who groped and made sexually explict comments to students until a federal investigation was launched.
According to The Denver Post:
“The coach made lewd and suggestive comments to players and a female physical education teacher, telling the teacher, “You look good in yoga pants” and “You look sexy.” The coach also kissed players, grabbed them by their hips, and made sexual references, but there was no action taken against him by former Stargate executive director Josh Cochran or other administrators, according to the civil rights investigation.”