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Special school board meeting scheduled

Published 9:05am Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Niles Board of Education will hold a special meeting for the second time in as many weeks, this time to consider an undisclosed personnel matter.

John Tanke, the district’s director of human resources, said he could not comment further about the reason for the special meeting, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. today at Westside Administrative Center, 111 Spruce St., Niles.

The school board last held a special meeting on Feb. 25, during which board members entered closed session to discuss personnel matters for approximately two hours. No action was taken following the closed session.

During a regular meeting Feb. 24, the board entered closed session to review attorney/client privileged information. Another closed session by the board occurred Feb. 10 to discuss a complaint against an employee.

No action was taken after any closed sessions.

The district, through its public relations firm, released a statement about the closed sessions last week. The firm said the statement could be attributed to Kathy Zeider, school board president.

It reads:

“The Niles Community Schools Board of Education continues to discuss a variety of personnel matters that are confidential at this time. When these matters are resolved, the board will communicate to the school community as appropriate. As many in our community may know, Dr. (Richard) Weigel (Niles’ superintendent) has been on sick time for the last few weeks. During Dr. Weigel’s absence, his duties are being divided among the central administration staff, with Director of Personnel John Tanke taking the lead. We appreciate the continued support of the school community as we strive to achieve our primary objective — improving student learning.”

The school board’s last regular meeting attracted a lot of public attention. Approximately 10 minutes before the meeting, the crowd was turned away from the door when the room reached its 70-person capacity.

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