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Personnel matter back on closed-door agenda

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
February 10, 2009
— The Janesville School Board planned another closed-door meeting tonight to discuss what is apparently an allegation of misconduct by a district employee.

The meeting, to be held after the regular board meeting, will be the third in five days. The board has been unusually closed-mouthed about the meetings.


Also unusual is that Superintendent Tom Evert has not been at the meetings. Evert is the boss of all district employees except himself. Normally, Evert would discuss personnel problems with the board or have a subordinate do so.


The board is Evert's boss.


The only other person in the room during the closed-door meetings has been district legal counsel David Moore.


Evert was out sick Monday, but he spoke to a Janesville Gazette reporter by phone. When asked about the board's meetings, Evert would say only that any information should come from Severson or Moore, because they know what the board is discussing.


District spokeswoman Sheryl Miller said this morning Evert was not at work this morning but would be working part of the day.


Tuesday's closed meeting agenda, faxed to news outlets Monday afternoon, includes negotiating "public business relating to a contract of employment."


The board might reconvene in open session afterward "to consider a motion to approve an agreement relating to employment of a public employee," according to the notice.



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