Colton school board seals discussion on complaints
The Colton school board is making an effort to conceal recent conversations about complaints and/or disciplinary action toward a district staff member or officer.
The board held its second special meeting composed of a private executive session Tuesday, March 30, to discuss the matters.
When private discussions were complete, the board came back into open session for the public to view, where Board Chair Tim Behrens revealed only that they had discussed complaints.
Immediately, Vice Chair Sid Gunter made a motion to seal the minutes of the executive session so that no one could view them without knowledge of the board. That passed unanimously.
Then Gunter made a motion to authorize Behrens to respond to the complaints "and the matter we discussed in executive session." Both directors Linda Rasor and Eric Dilg paused before they cast their votes. Ultimately, Dilg was the only nay vote. Thus, the motion passed, and Behrens will respond to the unknown complaints.
In their public decision, the board did not reveal any details about the complaints. The Herald-Pioneer has requested the complaints and responses.
Recently, Canby School District received formal complaints against its superintendent, Trip Goodall, and a school board member, Stefani Carlson. The board also discussed the matters in a private executive session, but in open session, they revealed the number of complaints and who they were against. In accordance with meeting procedure, they publicly voted separately on whether they needed more information on each complaint before making any decisions.
After the initial meeting, the Herald-Pioneer requested those complaints in accordance with Oregon Public Records Law and received them.
The Canby board then added discussion of the complaints to the agenda for a meeting a month later. At that meeting, they entered another private executive session to discuss, then came back into open session and again voted separately on how to respond to each complaint.
Colton's school board held its initial meeting on March 17 and made its decision March 30.
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