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School board tight-lipped after closed-door meeting

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
February 6, 2009
— The Janesville School Board appears to be struggling with a difficult personnel issue. But whatever it is, no one is talking about it.

The board met in closed session for about two hours and 15 minutes Thursday night. No vote was taken, board President DuWayne Severson said afterward.


Severson responded to all other questions with the same prepared statement: "Per direction of board attorney, we met. No vote taken. Anything of the meeting is confidential."


Attorney David Moore was the only other person in the room besides the nine board members when the board went into closed session.


The meeting was held away from the board's usual meeting room at the district office. It was held at the Nowlan & Mouat law firm, where Moore works.


The meeting notice stated that the board was to 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."



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