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Contract questions spark discussion at Lynd School Board meeting

By Deb Gau

April 11, 2012
Marshall Independent

LYND - Questions about an employee contract in the Lynd Public School District prompted some discussion at a meeting of the Lynd School Board. However, it looked like answers were not forthcoming Monday night, and the issue was tabled until school board members could meet with an attorney.

The school board's agenda for its regular meeting Monday night included two employee contracts recommended for non-renewal. One of the affected employees, Teresa Hunt, addressed the board with concerns about her contract during a portion of the meeting set aside for public feedback.

Hunt is a counselor who works with students in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school district. However, although Hunt doesn't work with Lynd students, she is contracted in the Lynd School District.

Hunt said she was concerned about her employment contract for several reasons, including issues about it not being renewed. Hunt said although she was employed by the Lynd district, her work performance evaluations had never been conducted by Lynd administrators. She also said she had not been adequately informed of what she needed to do to improve performance. Hunt also questioned how she could have equal access to Q Comp performance-based incentives being offered in the Lynd district, when she never works with Lynd students or comes to the Lynd School building. She said she was in the process of filing a grievance with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights.

Hunt asked the board some direct questions, including why she was contracted in Lynd instead of RTR, and how her position was funded. However, Lynd/RTR Superintendent Bruce Houck said Hunt's questions could not be answered at the meeting.

Later in the meeting, Lynd School Board members questioned whether it would be fair to act on Hunt's contract without more information. Board Chairwoman Michelle Williams asked if the contract issue could be tabled until the board's next meeting.

"If you table it, I recommend you bring in an attorney," Houck said.

Board members asked if the RTR School Board should be brought into the discussion. Houck said RTR board members didn't have the authority to discuss the contract because Hunt wasn't employed by their district.

Board members voted unanimously to table the contract issue and set a meeting on April 19 to meet with an attorney regarding the contract.



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