Lynne Hermansen
Special to The Gardner News
Roughly five residents voiced their anger towards board members at the end of the Gardner-Edgerton School Board meeting June 6 in regards to a personnel issue.
According to a local social media page, residents were attending to support a USD 231 employee regarding what the social media post indicated was a possible employment termination.
As the board was preparing to recess into executive session, Rob Shippy, board president, told those in attendance that the public part of the meeting had ended, and they were not allowed to make public comments.
Patrons told board members they hadn’t heard in the meeting when the floor was open to public comments, nor did they know they were required to fill out a form prior to the start of the meeting before speaking, as they had never attended a school board meeting before.
Shippy and Pam Stranathan, superintendent, told those in attendance that it is not protocol to address personnel matters in a public manner, and that is what they use executive session to protect the privacy of the person.
The residents argued back with the board that they wanted to have the matter addressed in the open for public review.
Board members said they were going to be in violation of the law if they continued, and they convened into closed session.
Several residents stormed out yelling they would be back with television reporters.