The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

June 12, 2014

Centerville teacher denied reinstatement

Monday's meeting saw the school board split on whether to reinstate a teacher.

The board met for four hours, including a closed session that lasted nearly two hours. Members closed the session to discuss the possible reinstatement of Michael Miller, a teacher who resigned in April. After returning to open session the board voted on a motion to not reinstate Miller. The vote was 4-2 with board members Michelle Moore, Joe Sharp, Nick Hindley and Rich Roos voting for the motion to not reinstate and board members Marty Braster and Bill Matkovich voting against the motion.

The meeting also addressed the resignation of a member and process for finding a replacement. Earlier in the meeting, the board voted to approve the resignation of Vice President Tom Lange and decided to accept applications for a new member despite the objections of board member Braster.

Braster believed the board should immediately appoint Angela Ocker to replace Lange. Ocker received third place in the previous school board election. He made a motion to do so but it died with no second. He then made a motion to hold a special election, which also died due to lack of a second.

Board President Roos said past practice has been for the board to accept applications from interested people before appointing someone. The board has 30 days to appoint a new member and if no one is appointed a special election must be held.

The board decided to accept applications until June 27 and hold a special meeting June 30 to appoint the new member. The motion to approve this method was approved with Braster voting against.

Board member Hindley was appointed to fill Lange's position as vice president and was sworn in.

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