Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

Board votes to retain 2 principals for next year, rescinds Hackett’s contract extension

March 16, 2006

Cheers and applause erupted about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, as Basehor-Linwood school board members voted to renew the contracts of two district principals.

The board, on a 7-0 vote, agreed to renew the contract of Steve Blankenship, high school principal.

Also Wednesday night, the board voted 6-1, with member Danny Dearinger opposed, to renew the contract of Teri Holmes, Basehor Elementary School principal.

A month ago, the board had voted unanimously to inform Blankenship it would not renew his contract. But a public outcry ensued, and the board met for the past three nights in executive session, investigating circumstances surrounding Superintendent Jill Hackett's recommendation to fire Blankenship and Holmes.

At 9:45 p.m., Hackett was asked to join the board's executive session, and then exited about 10 minutes later.

At 10 p.m., the board announced it would take a 15 minute break, to be followed by another 15 minutes of executive session. When they came back into session, they granted a request from Hackett to be placed on 30 days' administrative leave. And they rescinded a vote they made earlier this school year to extend Hackett's contract. So the contract now expires at the end of June.

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