There were several divided votes during the Monday night school board meeting, including whether to reinstate a teacher, how to replace a resigning board member and whether to approve the new Good Conduct Policy.
The board met for four hours, including a closed session from approximately 8:45-10:30 p.m. to discuss the possible reinstatement of Michael Miller, a teacher who resigned in April. After returning to open session the board voted on a motion to not reinstate Miller. The vote was 4-2 with board members Michelle Moore, Joe Sharp, Nick Hindley and Rich Roos voting for the motion to not reinstate and board members Marty Braster and Bill Matkovich voting against the motion.
After the vote the board approved financial reports before adjourning for the night.
Earlier in the meeting, the board voted to approve the resignation of Vice President Tom Lange and decided to accept applications for a new member despite the objections of board member Braster.
Braster believed the board should immediately appoint Angela Ocker to replace Lange. Ocker received third place in the previous school board election. He made a motion to do so but it died with no second. He then made a motion to hold a special election, which also died due to lack of a second.
Board President Roos said past practice has been for the board to accept applications from interested people before appointing someone. The board has 30 days to appoint a new member and if no one is appointed a special election must be held.
The board decided to accept applications until June 27 and hold a special meeting June 30 to appoint the new member. The motion to approve this method was approved with Braster voting against.
Board member Hindley was appointed to fill Lange's position as vice president and was sworn in.
The board also split on approving the first reading the new Good Conduct Policy with Braster once again voting against approval. He said that he has had feedback from community members indicating they don't like the mere presence clause that has been added to the policy. Braster said that was the main reason he was voting against, although he liked much of the new policy.