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Closed sessions fuel rumors

Published 10:12am Thursday, February 27, 2014

There are many rumors circling around about what is happening at Niles Community Schools.

The impetus for the rumors were two closed session meetings held by the Niles Board of Education this past week to discuss personnel matters and attorney/client privileged communication.

Many of the rumors involve the status of Supt. Richard Weigel, who has been out sick for a few weeks according to the district.

Some of the rumors involve other teachers and administrators.

It is important to remember that rumors are just that — rumors — until the board decides to go public with the information.

We don’t even officially know who or what these meetings are about at this point.

All we know is what we’ve heard, and what we’ve heard — while certainly interesting — is just speculation.

By law, the board isn’t obligated to discuss what happens in closed session. They might not be legally allowed to talk even if they wanted to.

However, if any action were to be taken, it would have to take place in a public meeting.

Whatever this is about, it will come out eventually.

We hope the board will be able to resolve this matter sooner rather than later because the longer it drags on, the more fuel it adds to the rumor mill fire.

The rumors aren’t good for the image of a school district that has been doing some really good things over the past few years.


Craig Haupert is the community editor for the Niles Daily Star. Email him at, or call him at (269) 687-7720.


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