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Lynd School Board votes no on contract renewal

April 20, 2012
By Deb Gau , Marshall Independent

A Lynd Public School employee whose contract was the subject of discussion for the Lynd School Board last week said Thursday night that her contract will not be renewed.

Teresa Hunt, a Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District counselor contracted in the Lynd School District, said she was present at a special meeting of the Lynd School Board on Thursday evening. Hunt said members of the Lynd School Board voted not to renew her contract. Prior to the vote, she said, board members met in a short closed session to discuss the contract.

Attempts by the Independent to contact Lynd School Board members by phone Thursday night were not successful.

The special meeting came after Lynd board members had questions about Hunt's contract at their regular meeting last week. During a public comment period at that meeting, Hunt spoke out with concerns about her contract not being renewed. Although Hunt works with students in the RTR district, she is contracted in the Lynd district. Hunt said she was told her contract was with Lynd instead of RTR for cost reasons. Hunt questioned the fairness of this arrangement and said she was neither properly evaluated for her job performance nor informed of what she needed to do to improve.

After Hunt's comments, Lynd board members said they did not want to act on the matter without knowing more.

Hunt also spoke at the RTR School Board's regular meeting on Monday. In addition to her concerns about the contract issue, Hunt also questioned administrative and disciplinary practices under Bruce Houck, the superintendent of the Lynd, RTR and Hendricks school districts.

RTR board members did not comment on or address Hunt's comments at Monday's meeting.

Hunt told school board members she had contacted the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, the Office of Civil Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union about her contract.

On Thursday, Hunt said she "really wasn't surprised" about the board's decision, but planned to continue efforts to file a grievance.

"There are so many people affected" by the issues she has concerns about in the three school districts, she said - especially students.



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