BOURBONNAIS — The Bourbonnais Elementary school board has held four long closed sessions since April about personnel matters, but officials aren’t saying what the discussions are about.
“I can’t talk about a personnel matter,” Rob Rodewald, the board’s president, said in a brief interview Tuesday. “Any action we will take will be at our next board meeting,” which is Tuesday (June 25).
The board has held the two recent closed sessions outside of regular meetings on June 5 and June 10.
Superintendent Dan Hollowell was listed as attending two of the recent closed sessions. He did not return a message for comment.
Rodewald referred questions to attorney Shelli Anderson, who works for the Franczek law firm in downtown Chicago. She did not return a message for comment.
According to Franczek’s website, school districts often call Anderson to investigate and provide training in regard to sexual harassment and abuse.
According to the firm’s website, Anderson’s most recent speeches at conferences were titled, “Do’s and Don’t of Conducting Investigations” and “All Eyes on You — How Will Your District Handle Sexual Harassment Allegations?”
In holding the closed sessions, the school board has cited an exception to the Open Meetings Act that allows it to close doors for the discussion of appointment, employment, compensation, discipline, performance or dismissal of specific employees.