The Clinton City Board of Education met behind closed doors for well over four hours Tuesday, apparently discussing a personnel issue that they could not divulge.
The special called meeting was announced last Friday, noting that it would be a closed session. Little else was detailed in the email notifying the newspaper of the board’s intention to meet.
Sampson Middle School principal Shirley Williams and her attorney attended the meeting which was held on the College Street School campus and went behind closed doors with the board. Neither offered comment on what the meeting was about.
Sampson Middle School band teacher Vevlyn Lowe was also present, joining the meeting for just a few minutes.
According to an email from the school system, the meeting was held “for the purpose of reviewing personnel matters and consultation with counsel in closed session, possible personnel action in open session, and such other matters as may properly come before the Board.”
However, during a break, Raleigh lawyer Rod Malone, representing the Board of Education in this specific personnel matter, said that a decision made by the board would not be shared during open session, referencing a “quirk” in the N.C. Open Meetings Law that allows such action out of the public’s earshot.
Because the meeting was called for personnel reasons, no one would comment.
Lauren Williams can be reached at 910-592-8137, ext. 117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.