Published On: Thu, May 8th, 2014

Teacher contract non-renewal hearing is held

A large number of School District 42R patrons attended a hearing on the school administration’s recommendation that the contract of first grade teacher Keri Severson not be renewed. Besides the board, administration and guests, also on hand were an attorney for the board and one for the administration. The hearing began at 7 p.m. with all six board members present.

Evidence concerning Mrs. Severson’s employment was heard until 12:25 a.m. (April 29) when the board went into closed session to deliberate the recommendation. At 1:21 a.m., the open session was resumed. A motion was made to not renew Mrs. Severson’s contract. It carried by a 5-0 vote with Board Member Jennifer Wingert having been excused during the meeting because of illness.

Minutes of the hearing are printed on Page 4 of this issue.