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Various items approved at U-46 board meeting
By Seth Hancock
The Board of Education in School District U-46 unanimously approved of several items at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 7.
Included was the approval of closed session minutes and the destruction of closed session audio recordings. Included were the written minutes of 11 closed session meetings, all from 2019, and the destruction of 11 closed session audio recordings ranging from Nov. 20, 2017 to April 9, 2018.
The issue of closed session meetings, specifically the destruction of audio recordings, had been a controversial issue under the previous board as former board member Jeanette Ward fought for more transparency from the board.
Sue Kerr, the board’s president, simply said that “the need for confidentiality still exists” as the approved minutes and audio recording destructions was approved without any discussion from the new board.
Also approved were arrangement and planning letters from RSM US, LLP., the district’s financial auditor.
“This relates to our annual audit and is a new request on behalf of the outside external auditing firm,” said U-46 CEO Tony Sanders.
Dale Burnidge, director of financial operations, said: “It’s really just an overview of what they’re going to do, how they’re going to communicate with the board. It lays out what’s the auditor’s responsibility, what is management’s responsibility and then finally the report’s result you will see at the end of the audit.”
Burnidge said the audit is expected to be presented at the Nov. 4 meeting.
A personnel report and workers’ compensation cases as well as $9.8 million in itemized bills were also approved by 7-0 votes. The personnel report included one new position, a paraeducator.