Mary Kay Klimesh


Mary Kay Klimesh, General Counsel


Mary Kay Klimesh, General Counsel Mary Kay Klimesh oversees the DCSD Legal Services Department. Mary Kay is an accomplished and highly skilled counselor and advocate with nearly three decades of experience representing PreK-12 schools. Mary has experience addressing board governance and policy development, personnel matters, special education and other student-related matters, risk management, contract negotiation and review, as well as intergovernmental, affiliation, and interinstitutional agreements.

Prior to joining DCSD, Mary was a Partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP in the firm’s Chicago, Illinois office. Mary was a special education teacher and gifted and talented teacher and curriculum coordinator in Texas and Iowa for six years prior to going on to law school. Mary has served as chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law as well as chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Education Law Section Council. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys for over 20 years.

Mary received her Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
 

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.