Judge To Investigate Legality Of School Board Meeting

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A judge will review a recording of a Des Moines school board meeting about a former superintendent to determine if the meeting was illegally closed.

Polk County Judge Karen Romano will look at tapes, transcripts and other records from the May 2012 meeting about Dr. Nancy Sebring. Romano's review will be private and is part of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa on behalf of former board member Graham Gillette.

The board invoked an Iowa law that says meetings can be closed to evaluate the professional competency of an individual to prevent injury to that person's reputation. Gillette questions if discussions strayed from that agenda.

Dr. Sebring was hired to be Omaha Public Schools superintendent starting last July, then resigned as Des Moines Public Schools superintendent last May after emails deemed inappropriate and sexual in nature sent to a lover on her district computer became public. She lost the OPS job for that reason.

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