Through an open records request, The Gazette has obtained a copy of Milton School Board member Brian Kvapil’s audio recording of the Feb. 12 school board meeting.
Kvapil records all board meetings using a personal recorder. After the meeting’s open session ended, the recorder captured a verbal exchange between Kvapil and Sean Harvatine, one of the school board’s student council representatives.
The recording also includes a later conversation between Kvapil, board President Bob Cullen, board member Tom Westrick and District Administrator Tim Schigur.
The Gazette initially did not identify Harvatine. The school board did not mention his name in official documents or discussions during an investigation into the incident.
The Gazette has decided to name Harvatine because he is a public representative on the school board. He sits behind a name placard at most board meetings, and his name is listed in the Feb. 12 meeting minutes posted on the school district website.
Earlier this week, the school board censured Kvapil for his actions Feb. 12. The punishment is effectively a public reprimand of Kvapil’s behavior.
Wisconsin is a one-party consent state for recording conversations. State statutes say recording is legal as long as at least one party to a conversation—in this case, Kvapil—agrees to be recorded.
Below is audio of the incident involving Harvatine and Kvapil. It takes place shortly after the board adjourns and moves into closed session.
Kvapil shut off his recorder during the closed session. After it ended, he turned the device on again as he, Cullen, Westrick and Schigur talked about the incident. That audio is below.