WEST BURLINGTON — The West Burlington School Board went into closed session Monday with five members present and came back into open session with only four present.
"I don't need this in my life," someone could be heard shouting from behind the closed boardroom door, shortly before board member Randy Fry stormed out and left the premises.
The board was conducting a performance review of Superintendent David Schmitt before deciding upon the terms of his contract for next school year. When the board went back into open session more than an hour later, however, board member Bruce Thuleen moved to table Schmitt's contract until the next board meeting because administrator, teacher and non-certified staff contracts have not been finalized.
The scheduled closed session followed a regular meeting, during which board members learned of the district's 100 percent five-year graduation rate and .071 percent dropout rate for the 2016-2017 school year, as well as its recent high ITBS scores.
The board also heard from a disgruntled parent who doesn't feel board members, nor Schmitt, are taking his allegations of bullying by a softball coach toward his daughter seriously.
Sean Rogers has addressed the board during previous meetings with accusations of softball coach David Oleson treating his daughter unfairly when making decisions about playing time. He also said Oleson had "mentally abused" his daughter, but he did not specify how.
"Nothing is changing. It's all falling on deaf ears," Rogers said, though he did say Fry and Thuleen appeared to want to get to the bottom of it.
Schmitt said the district looked into the matter by conducting a survey of players and found nothing to indicate mistreatment of players by Oleson.
Rogers, however, feels the survey was an inadequate means of investigation and wants the district to conduct a more thorough one. Schmitt said he requested dates of the alleged incidents from Rogers, but none were produced. Rogers said outside the boardroom he plans to file suit against the district.
In other action, the board approved the district's four-week summer school programs for the elementary and junior and senior high schools.
Elementary summer school will be from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursday from June 4 through June 28. Teachers will recommend students for summer school based on whether they need help in math, English or both. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m.
The Free Lunch Program will be available to children ages 1 through 18 in the elementary school cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the same days the elementary summer school is offered. No registration or identification is required.
The junior and senior high school summer program will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the high school library and The Corners classroom. The JH/SH Summer Academy will provide students the opportunity to earn credits, whether they are making them up or working toward graduating early.
Students and parents will receive a letter about summer program participation.
The board also approved a 5-cent increase to individual lunches for kindergarten through fifth grade, bringing the cost to $2.50 per lunch. Adults next year must pay an additional 5 cents for individual lunches and breakfasts as well as milk and juice. The increases come from state nutrition program price recommendations.
All other food prices will remain the same.