School board meets in closed session
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:32 AM
No action was taken by the Kingsland School Board of Directors after it went into a session that was closed to the public on Thursday, June 12, for preliminary consideration of allegations against employee John Fenske.
Once the meeting was called to order and the Pledge of Allegiance recited, board Chairman Doug Plaehn said that the next portion of the meeting was closed to the public.
According to Kingsland Superintendent John McDonald, Plaehn's formal announcement was, "The Open Meeting Law, Minnesota Statute section 13D.05, subdivision 2(b), states that the board shall close a meeting for the preliminary consideration of allegations against an individual subject to its authority. During the closed meeting, the board will discuss the allegations and the information that has been gathered so far relating to those allegations. Accordingly, pursuant to the law I have cited, I will hereby entertain a motion that this meeting be closed for the purpose of the preliminary consideration of allegations against an individual, subject to the board's authority."
According to the Tribune's legal counsel, Section 13.01, Subdivision 3 of the Minnesota Open Meeting Law states that "before closing a meeting, a public body shall state on the record the specific grounds permitting the meeting to be closed and describe the subject to be discussed."
The school board was not required to provide any additional information after the closed meeting was reopened, as that requirement only applies where the meeting is closed to evaluate the performance of an employee. No action was taken during the reopened portion of the meeting, and the board adjourned.
The next regular meeting of the Kingsland School Board of Directors was scheduled for Monday, June 16. The meeting took place after this edition of the Tribune went to press. The agenda was not available prior to press time, so it is uncertain if the issue was to be discussed at that meeting.