Colton School Board privately discusses complaints
The Colton School Board held a special private meeting to discuss complaints or potential disciplinary action toward a school officer or staff member. It is not publicly known who the discussions were about.
The board first called a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, which consisted primarily of a private executive session.
The purpose of the executive session was, per the agenda, "to consider the dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or agent, unless he or she requests an open meeting."
After more than two-and-a-half hours, at 10:11 p.m., the board came back into open session for less than one minute to announce that members would meet again the following night for another special meeting.
The board decided to meet at 10:15 p.m. Thursday, March 18, for the same purpose, but they later canceled the meeting and rescheduled it for 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 19. Then on Friday, they canceled that meeting indefinitely.
The meeting comes in the wake of the 'Lady Vikings' controversy. The district announced in February that it would no longer refer to its female athletes as Lady Vikings. This stirred responses in the community, with several people on social media discussing removing their children from Colton schools and someone who goes by Brett Ap Elden commenting, "Time for a new superintendent."
But Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown held firm to the idea in the name of equity.
Barreras-Brown did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Board Chair Tim Behrens declined to comment on the specifics of the meeting.
Behrens said simply, "We love our schools. The board is working hard."
Any board decisions must be made in public. So, if the board members opt to take a vote on a particular matter, they would do so during the public portion of a meeting.
This story has been updated to reflect the postponement and then cancellation of a second meeting.
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