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School board to discuss personnel issue

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Gazette Staff
February 5, 2009
— The Janesville School Board plans to discuss a personnel matter behind closed doors tonight at an unusual place—the office of the district's legal counsel.

Superintendent Tom Evert would not comment about the meeting and referred questions to district legal counsel David Moore or school board President DuWayne Severson.


Moore and Severson also would not comment, nor would two other board members when they were contacted.


The school board holds most of its meetings, open or closed, at the district office at 527 S. Franklin St. A meeting at an attorney's office is rare, if not a first. This meeting will be about a half mile away from the district office at the Nowlan & Mouat law firm, 100 S. Main St.


The meeting notice states that the board will meet "to consider personal histories of specific persons and preliminary consideration of specific personnel problems and the investigation of charges against specific persons which, if discussed in public, would be likely to have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of a person involved in such problems and investigation."


That language directly quotes State Statute 19.85(1)(f), which is one of the exemptions to the law that requires governmental bodies to open their meetings to the public.


The meeting is set for 7 p.m.



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