AURORA | Aurora Public Schools Board of Education President Amber Drevon said in a statement Monday, June 20, that she will ask her fellow board members to call for Board Secretary Eric Nelson to resign from his post following a rash of allegations that call into question his academic credentials and criminal history.
In her emailed statement, Drevon said that on top of calling for Nelson’s resignation, she will encourage her fellow APS board members to vote to bar Nelson from serving as board secretary and from performing any “non-statutorily assigned board duties, such as serving as a board liaison to various schools and community groups.”
She said that she will also ask the district to remove Nelson’s biography from the APS website as well as any photographs in which he is seen wearing “academic regalia.”
“My fellow Board members and I take the allegations against Director Eric Nelson very seriously, and we are actively looking into this matter,” Drevon said in her statement.
She said that she has asked Nelson to verify information outlined in his online biography, including several academic degrees and affiliation with more than 20 boards, committees and organizations.
Following an initial report in The Colorado Statesman last week, Nelson has been faced with a slew of allegations, including misrepresenting his military service with the U.S. Air Force, misconstruing his academic records, downplaying a lengthy criminal history and missing child support payments.
On top of serving as an APS board member since 2013, Nelson is currently running in a Democratic primary against Dominique “Nikki” Jackson to represent Colorado House District 42.
And despite calls to halt his campaign for the State House seat from several prominent members of his own party, Nelson issued a statement June 15 saying that he has no plans to drop out of the race or resign his school board seat.
In her statement, Drevon said that the school board has no legal authority to oust him from his seat as he is a publicly elected official.
“While the allegations about Director Nelson’s past are troubling, there is nothing in these allegations that would legally disqualify him from serving as an elected board member,” she said. “As such, the board does not have the legal authority to overturn the decision of our voters who elected Director Nelson to the school board.”