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Special meeting to address personnel issue

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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The Placer Union High School District is dealing with an urgent “personnel matter” at a special board meeting Friday evening. The Journal received notice of the meeting Thursday afternoon. “A special meeting only requires 24 hours notice,” said Anne Evans, administrative assistant to Superintendent Dave Horsey. “The regular meetings require a 72-hour posting.” The meeting agenda includes an open session item of potentially adopting two new textbooks. It also includes two closed session items: conference with legal counsel for anticipated litigation and a public employee discipline/dismissal/release. Evans said the urgent items that required the special meeting are the closed session items, which are related to one personnel issue. Evans said she couldn’t comment on exactly what the litigation involves, or what potential action could be taken concerning the employee. “The board will report out at the end of closed session,” she said. “Whatever action the board takes, we will report out.” Evans said any action taken concerning the employee would be reported by the board giving an employee ID number, but no name would be given. “The public will be informed of the action taken, and beyond that it’s a confidential personnel matter,” she said. Horsey said the public couldn’t look up an employee by ID number, so the person’s name would remain confidential. Horsey said the item doesn’t necessarily mean an employee dismissal. “There are any number of things that could come out of closed session,” he said. “It’s not necessarily going to come out as a dismissal.” Horsey said if an employee ever did anything that required disciplinary action, the district would report it to California Commission on Teaching Credentialing, but not necessarily to the community. “(We wouldn’t necessarily report it to the public) unless we thought it would hinder the future welfare or safety of the students,” Horsey said. “If something has been resolved … we wouldn’t necessarily report something that has been rectified.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com