On a 4-2 vote, the Windom school board denied a grievance request by Windom Area High School Principal Lance Northey Wednesday afternoon at Windom Area Middle High School.
Northey had requested a Level II grievance hearing before the school board seeking to have a three-day disciplinary suspension overturned.
However, the board denied the request after hearing a presentation of the situation by the school district's attorney Kevin Rupp, information contained in a packet of e-mails made available only to the board and a series of other letters and e-mails shared only with the board by Northey, who also made a brief statement.
The four board members who voted to deny the request and allow the suspension to stand were Rick Frederickson, Barb Jones, Don Brugman and Jim Garrison. Those voting to grant the grievance were board members Joe LaCanne and Ben Schleicher. Board member Joan Hunter was absent.
By the board denying the grievance, Northey has the opportunity to take his grievance to arbitration. However, it is not known at this time whether Northey will pursue arbitration.
According to Rupp, the grievance stems from a decision Northey made about the educational services for a special education student.
The decision to deny the grievance was one of three choices the board could have made. It could have also granted the grievance which would have wiped out the discipline and restored pay to Northey for the three days he was suspended, or it could have granted the grievance in part and denied the grievance in part, which would have resulted in some other discipline not as severe as the three-day suspension.
The hearing lasted 42 minutes before a packed classroom of community members, school staff and students.
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