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Niles school board discusses undisclosed personnel matter in special meeting

Published 7:46am Friday, February 21, 2014

The Niles school board went into closed session to discuss an undisclosed personnel matter during a special meeting Thursday evening.

No action was taken after the closed session, which lasted approximately two hours.

Kathy Zeider, school board president, said she hopes the board will be able to share what happened at Monday’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

“Once everything is taken care of and we go by policy, everything we’ve discussed will be able to be brought to the public,” she said.

All school board members attended the meeting along with the district’s attorney and John Tanke, director of human resources.

According to Michigan Open Meetings Act 15.268, Section 8, a public body may meet in a closed session for the following purpose:

• To consider the dismissal, suspension, or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, or to consider a periodic personnel evaluation of, a public officer, employee, staff member, or individual agent, if the name person requests a closed hearing. A person requesting a closed hearing may rescind the request at any time, in which the matter at issue shall be considered after the rescission only in open session

Also, a school board is not legally obligated to disclose what takes place during a closed session.

According to unofficial minutes from a meeting Feb. 10, the board of education entered into closed session for the purpose of discussing employee negotiations and to consider a complaint against an employee. The session lasted one hour and 42 minutes. Zeider said that closed session was not related to Thursday’s meeting.

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