Board Hears Opinions In Long Closed Session


More than 100 people crowded into the unit office for a special Hillsboro School Board meeting on Tuesday, June 15, to share opinions about action the board took last week concerning coaches in the school district.

Those opinions, however, were expressed behind closed doors, citing the personnel exception to the open meetings act.

"I have a number of cards here of people from the community who are wishing to address the board," Superintendent David Powell said to start the meeting.  "I believe they would be most appropriate during closed session."

The board then immediately went into closed session.  Eleven people had filled out forms to address the board and were called into the closed session one at a time.

After four hours, the board returned to open session and reaffirmed the decision made at last week’s meeting to dismiss boys basketball coach Joe Vanzo.  A motion to reinstate the coach failed 3-4: voting in favor of the motion were Barbara Adams, Matt Lentz and Nathan Kirby; voting against were Bryce Rupert, John Lentz, Dan Tester and Kassie Greenwood.

The board rehired two assistant volleyball coaches after tabling that vote last month.  High school assistant volleyball coach Beth Cady was rehired on a 5-2 vote with John Lentz and Rupert voting against, and junior high assistant volleyball coach Jessica Furness was rehired 6-1 with Rupert voting against.

The board unanimously hired Joe Reed as head football coach and Renae Krieg as special education teacher, and voted a three percent raise to employees not covered by collective bargaining agreements or pay schedules.


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