COLD SPRING — The ROCORI School Board held a closed meeting on March 28 to discuss the preliminary review of allegations or charges against ROCORI Chief Commercial Officer Beth Downes.
On Friday, a district attorney told the St. Cloud Times that the status of the allegations or charges was “closed” and that no disciplinary action has been imposed and that there will be no additional meetings dealing with the these allegations or accusations.
Under article 13D.05, subd. Minnesota statutes. 2(b)“A public body must close one or more meetings for the preliminary examination of allegations or accusations made against an individual subject to its authority. If the members conclude that disciplinary action of any kind may be warranted as a result of such specific charges or allegations, further meetings or hearings relating to such specific charges or allegations held after such conclusion shall be made public.
In February the ROCORI school board placed former Superintendent Brad Kelvington on paid administrative leavea week and a half later he resigned.
In response to a Minnesota Freedom of Information Act request from the St. Cloud Times, an attorney for the school district said there were no complaints or charges against Kelvington, current or past, whether the complaint or charge was resulted in disciplinary action. .
The school district also said no disciplinary action has been taken against Kelvington and there is no term of agreement settling any dispute arising out of an employment relationship, including a buyout agreement such as defined in Minnesota Statute Section 123B.143, Subdivision 2, Subsection (a).
Kelvington’s resignation and furlough came as one The Cold Spring family filed a federal lawsuit against the ROCORI School District in January on behalf of two of their children, alleging that the district violated the children’s civil rights through “willful indifference and failure to respond to multiple acts of harassment and racial discrimination.”
ROCORI School Board President Jennifer Bohnsack told the St. Cloud Times in February Kelvington’s resignation is unrelated to the lawsuit.
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