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School board calls special meeting in Milledgeville

No comment on whether it’s related to video investigation

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, May 2, 2014 10:09 a.m. CDT

MILLEDGEVILLE – Chadwick-Milledgeville School District, which is dealing with a police investigation into reports that an inappropriate video was made in the boys high school locker room and shared with others, has called a special board meeting Monday evening.

Members will meet in closed session to discuss “a complaint lodged against an employee” and “student disciplinary matters,” according to the agenda, which was emailed to Sauk Valley Media on Thursday afternoon.

Nothing else is on the agenda.

Depending on the course of the discussion, a vote may be taken at the end of the meeting, Superintendent Tim Schurman said. Votes must be taken in public.

Schurman said he could not comment further on the matter, including whether the meeting is related to the video.

Milledgeville Police Chief Jim Haag said Thursday night that his investigation is ongoing, and that no one at the school district made him aware of any disciplinary action related to the case, so he does not know if the special meeting is in response to the incident or for an altogether different disciplinary matter.

“It’s got nothing to do with us,” he said.

Specifically, the agenda says that the board will meet in closed session Monday “to consider information regarding the appointment, employment, or dismissal of an employee or officer or legal counsel for the public body, including hearing a complaint lodged against an employee of the public body or against legal counsel for the public body to determine its validity [which is wording taken straight from the Illinois Open Meeting Act section that outlines when meetings may be closed to the public] and to consider student disciplinary matters [another reason meetings may be closed].”

The video, the contents of which have not been disclosed but that involves only boys, was made using Snapchat, a smartphone app that sends videos and photos but deletes the images after 10 seconds, Haag said Wednesday.

That feature is complicating the investigation, he said.

A parent called police to make a complaint, and several students, including some on the baseball team, had been interviewed as of Wednesday, the chief said.

The district has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying or hazing, Schurman said Wednesday.

Without making any specific comments about the Snapchat incident, he said “any time a parent or student brings to the administration’s attention a concern of an incident like that occurring, the administration immediately begins an investigation – a thorough investigation.”

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